Soulful. Poignant. Vulnerable and powerful. When Adam Chaffins sings, his voice reels you in and then collectively embraces his audience with ease. His sound is beguiling, reaching into the rich Kentucky corners of Chaffins’ expressive baritone and its layers of smooth texture and rich tone, delivered with refinement and ease. His music defies boundaries – from his mountains back home to the paved canyons of the cities that are now home, the sound crosses genres; the lure crosses humanity.
Adam Chaffins, an independent singer/songwriter who is a product of culturally rich eastern Kentucky, has always been about music. He started early in middle school, fronting and playing bass in a band, and followed with scholarship opportunities resulting in a music degree. After a move to Tennessee, he began his Nashville career as an in-demand session musician, alternating that with a life on the road as a member of various bands, including several years with the revolutionary bluegrass band Town Mountain. He has roots buried deep in country music soil, but what the world hears today is Adam’s new lane of music, a reflection of him – past and present – weaving together his personal and musical experiences to create a sound and mood that is distinctly unique while being comfortably familiar.
His 2020 debut album, SOME THINGS WON’T LAST, features a range from fuzz-toned, drum-driven rockers to ballads laced with symphonic swells. It lays bare the many layers of Adam and his music. It has been followed by singles “Further Away” (Acoustic) and “Now I Don’t Know,” both being featured on places such as Spotify’s Indigo playlist. Chaffins capitalizes on his talent of weaving together personal and musical experiences when co-writing, as demonstrated by his SESAC song achievement award for a co-write with The Infamous Stringdusters for “I’ll Get Away.”
Using his uncanny ability to tap in to human emotion, Adam Chaffins transforms the dichotomy of his musical experiences into a melodic, moody mix that highlights his assertive, rich baritone and his command over a band’s energy.