Solo artist. Frontman. Behind-the-scenes songwriter. For more than a decade, Adam Hood has left his mark onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes soul, country, and American roots music into the same package.
It's a sound that began shape in Opelika, Alabama. Raised by working-class parents, Hood started playing hometown shows as a 16 year-old, landing a weekly residency at a local restaurant. He'd perform there every Friday and Saturday night, filling his setlist with songs by John Hiatt, Steve Warner, Hank Williams Jr., and Vince Gill. As the years progressed, the gigs continued — not only in Alabama, but across the entire country, where Hood still plays 100 shows annually.
These days, though, he's no longer putting his own stamp on the songs of chart-topping country stars. Instead, many of those acts are playing his music.
Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Frankie Ballard, Josh Abbott Band, Lee Ann Womack, and Will Hoge are among the dozens of artists who've recorded Hood's songs. An in-demand songwriter, he signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville and Low Country Sound in 2016, while still maintaining a busy schedule of tour dates in support of his third solo release, Welcome to the Big World. Two years later, he continues the balancing act with his newest album, Somewhere in Between, coming later in 2018.