Adam Hurt

elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo



photo: Martin Tucker

A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions including Clifftop, Mount Airy, and Galax, and won the state banjo championships of Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, as well as the state fiddle championships of Virginia and Maryland.

In 2006, Adam released his second CD, Insight, on the Ubiquitone label. This recording highlights Adam's innovative banjo playing both in solo settings and with accompaniment by Cathy Fink (guitar, banjo, bouzouki), Beth Williams Hartness (guitar), Marcy Marxer (guitar, mandolin, uke), and Jarred Nutter (fiddle). The selections found on this CD represent a surprising diversity of traditional Appalachian music, running the gamut from Round Peak stalwarts to stringband rags, from a Bill Monroe original to three Ed Haley tunes recorded on clawhammer banjo for the first time.

Following up on the success of Insight, Adam spent a year refining and recording new material for his third CD, Perspective, which was released in the summer of 2009. The focus is once again on Adam's highly individual clawhammer banjo arrangements of traditional music, with able support from fiddler Stephanie Coleman and guitarists Beth Williams Hartness, Andy Edmonds, and IBMA Guitarist of the Year Kenny Smith. Adam's varied influences and sources are well represented on a collection of tunes from southern Appalachia and beyond, including selections from the repertoires of Marcus Martin, Ed Haley, and Bill Monroe.

photo: Tim Brown

In 2010, Adam collaborated with luthier David Hyatt and musician and recording engineer Paul Roberts to create Earth Tones, a solo CD of compelling music played exclusively on the gourd banjo. This project has received critical acclaim from the banjo community as something altogether new and different, both among Adam's own recorded work and among the greater catalogue of old-time banjo recordings.

Most recently, Adam joined forces with his regular music partner Beth Williams Hartness on Fine Times at Our House, a CD of old-time duets featuring Adam's clawhammer banjo and fiddle along with Beth's signature fingerstyle guitar. Their aim was to capture some of their favorite music as they play it at home for their own enjoyment; the result is a project that is at once intimate and enveloping.