Modest serenade; The Adam Woodall Band 

Who: Adam Woodall Band

Where: The Shack

When: Dec. 29

Adam Woodall is the boy next door, with a twisted mop of curly blond hair framing his mischievous grin.

A combination of mellow musician and business-minded entrepreneur, he showcases his quartet, The Adam Woodall Band, in Whistler Dec. 29.

"We’re sending the new CD, Songs from My Parents’ House in Colorado , out to every record label we can, around 200 in total. And we’ll play anywhere," adds Woodall, showing off the new CD.

Woodall plays with a number of musicians – he was between sets at Joe Fortes in Vancouver, appearing with Jesse Tucker, during this interview. The Adam Woodall Band, which includes Dave Hall on bass, Tucker on guitar and vocals, and Jesse Godin on drums, is just one of his gigs. Woodall also plays three or four times a week at The Raven and Seymour’s Pub on the North Shore, as well as the Commodore.

When he plays guitar, Woodall engages the audience by losing himself.

"I love the melody, any kind of music that makes the hair stand up on end, the actual harmonies and the notes that make up the song," he adds.

From George Harrison’s Something in the Way She Moves to Radiohead’s High and Dry, Woodall offers a diverse, solid sound that includes folk, blues and pop.

With another album in progress and currently playing extensively while promoting Songs, there’s more to accomplish.

"Bands constantly evolve, and we’re excited about the next record. Actually we have enough material for the next three," notes Woodall as a customer stops to say hello and buy the CD.

Music any place, any time might be his approach to getting that record deal inked, but he’s well aware of the precariousness of the industry.

"Making an album’s not as hard as people think it is, but it’s a real commitment," he says.

Songs From My Parents’ House in Colorado was recorded, like many indie releases, with limited funds. And it was recorded at his parents’ house in Colorado.

"They went to Mexico and we cleaned out the furniture in the living room and recorded the album right there. It was pretty inexpensive, around $1,500 per month for two months for equipment worth about $20,000," says Woodall.

Woodall’s music career spans 15 years, starting at age 16 as founder of The Smugglers. Next came gigs with Mike Weaver’s blues band Two Trains, followed by work with She Stole My Beer, and The Workshop.

The Savary Island Pie Company was the first wine-sipping and supper venue to showcase what would become the Adam Woodall Band, back in 1996. At that time the band, known as the Pocket Angels, included Jesse Zubot on fiddle, Paul Rigby on bass (for both the Pocket Angels and Bocephus King), and Gido Thylmann on drums.

With a passion for the hill and for the music, Woodall is pure B.C.

"You know I get to play music all week long, get paid for it, and ski Cypress every week… why would I really want to become famous and lose all that?" he laughs.

You get the feeling not much seems to phase him at this point in his music career. After all, it’s not every musician who wouldn’t bat an eye when you bring your mum along to the interview and she makes the observation: "If he plays great music and you can still chat to the person beside you, he’ll be a millionaire!"

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