“KING OF ALABAMA” writers perform Sunday at Callaghan’s

Mobile County
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Established Nashville songwriter and Alabamian Adam Hood will be performing with Brent Cobb in Mobile on Sunday night at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club. 

Although you may not be familiar with his name, Adam Hood has written songs for some of the biggest artist in Music City.   Hood grew up in Opelika, Alabama, where he spent his youth playing high school football and leading his church’s youth music group. At the age of 12, his parents bought him a guitar. Hood and his best friend began to take guitar lessons. They would teach each other the things they learned in the lessons. He says, It was kind of a 2-for-1 lesson and we both learned how to play (the guitar) pretty fast. At a time when most artists were entertainers and did not play an instrument, Adam was fascinated by artists that performed and sang.  Steven Curtis Chapman, Garth Brooks and Clint Black.

At the age of sixteen as his talents were developing, Hood’s mother contacted a friend who owned a music venue in downtown Opelika. Adam was hired to perform one Friday and Saturday night per month. Realizing that he could make money playing and singing popular cover songs, Hood quit the football team to pursue music. But that was just the beginning. One day, his mother brought home a tape of John Hyatt’s album, Bring The Family.  On that album was the song, Thing Called Love, which was a hit for Bonnie Raitt.  It was a songwriting eureka moment, says Hood. Up till that point, I didn’t realize that there were people wrote songs that other people sang and recorded.    It inspired him to begin writing songs of his own personal experiences. 

As he became comfortable performing those songs in public, Adam Hood befriended the late singer, Wayne Mills, an artist who would draw large crowds at the venues in Auburn. Mills became a mentor, and they performed shows together in Nashville.  Adam was fortunate to sign a publishing deal with Carnival Music, where he met a fellow writer, Brent Cobb. The two formed a partnership and have written songs for many popular artists including Miranda Lambert.   

In the early morning hours of November 23, 2013, their friend Wayne Mills, was killed in a tragic incident in downtown Nashville.  This stunned many in the Nashville community.   Brent Cobb sent a text to Adam Hood stating that he had come up with a verse and chorus of a song in honor of their friend, Wayne Mills. After a couple of days, Hood rallied up the nerve and wrote the second verse to the song, King of Alabama, which was the first release on Brent Cobb’s highly-acclaimed 2018 album, Providence Canyon. 

Adam hood is a family man with a wife and three daughters. He says that although he tours regularly, to keep his home life together, he will only spend 1 week away from home at a time.  Occasionally, the family will join him in his musical travels. Even though the road can be stressful, he says, it is like being at home on the road.   Hood says he plans to keep playing music and to continue to get better at writing.  You can experience some of that writing on his newest album, Somewhere In Between.   Adam Hood said he and Brent Cobb are excited to play Callaghan’s, and he has heard Great Things about our very own Dauphin Street Sound recording studio in Mobile.


WHAT:Brent Cobb and Adam Hood in concert
WHEN:Sunday – March 24, 2019  |  7:00PM
WHERE:Callaghan’s Irish Social Club

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