Adam Levy is regarded by many to be one of the great American songwriters of his era. His newest solo endeavor might be his best and most original work to date. Levy is probably best known for his 20+ years of work as lead singer-songwriter for The Honeydogs. Levy’s songwriting has always been musically expansive, exploring styles as diverse as American roots music, psychedelia, soul, world, jazz, and classical music. His lyrics have always been thoughtful, literary and provocative, and have garnered him international critical accolades and fans. Adam’s wry wit and incisive lyrics are wrapped inside layers of deceptively beautiful melodies and hooks that come to life with his signature great guitar work. Paste Magazine once said Levy’s songwriting captured “the zeitgeist of our time.”
His lyrics reflect his years in social work, commitment to social justice issues and lifelong interest in history, culture and political matters. This has distinguished Adam among his peers as a singer-songwriter, blending the great traditions of pop and American folk music into something unique and timeless. Levy has also embarked on a slew of side-projects in the last 5 years: electronic experimental music with Liminal Phase, orchestral chamber pop with And The Professors, children’s music with Bunny Clogs, ’60s and ’70s soul and funk with Hookers $ Blow, and early-mid 20th century jazz with Rose Room.
In 2012 Levy lost his son, Daniel Levy (an amazing visual artist), to suicide after a lengthy struggle with mental illness. Levy released a solo record called Naubinway (2015) in which he explores his son’s struggle, mental illness, death and he and his family’s grief around Daniel’s death. Critical response has been resoundingly positive: Powerpopoholic calls Naubinway “the most heartbreaking record in years.” Germany’s Pop Matters calls it “one of the best records of the decade,” and No Depression calls it “an unassuming, auspicious accomplishment.” Levy is now touring, performing and speaking to people around the country to help reduce the stigma of mental illness and to help reduce suicides.
THE KING JAMES VERSION
Jim Gruidl, Paul Boblett, Mark O’Day