Article originally published in June 2007
Radio/Press Interview with
The Planetary Group,
Boston, MA June 2007
Planetary: Ok, let's start from the beginning. What is your name and what do you play?
Adam Zwig: Adam Zwig, play guitar and sing, also bass and keys on some recordings
PL: What's your age?
AZ: Not as old as the music industry's obsession with youth but as old as people's yearning for liberation
PL: How many years have you been playing music?
AZ: Started playing guitar at 10 and never stopped
PL: How many different (and which) instruments do you play?
AZ: Play guitar - acoustic, electric, slide, dobro and also some bass, keys, drums
PL: Are there any genres that influence your music conceptually, rather than sonically, meaning that you can't hear from simply listening to your music, but from getting into the structure or mathematics of the song-writing?
AZ: I guess I've always been drawn to more old-time music, dusty music of the earth, like blues, and folk sea shanties, civil war songs, cowboy songs, songs of lament, church house songs, anti-Jim Crow songs, union songs and blues ballads, and driving hard blues - make you question what you've always accepted, had power of spirit behind them, could litter the landscape with broken hearts but also transport you to a liberated consciousness. Blues and folk can show you how to live. I started as a bluesman and always return to this emotional and spiritual source. Folk adds a more social consciousness but they both come from this deep archaic need to acknowledge those feelings and yearnings we tend to overlook.
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