Making a Scene presents an an interview with The Flyin’ A’s!
This husband and wife duo hails from Austin, Texas. You can hear their Texas roots in all they do. This high energy duo is famous for their top notch songwriting, breathtaking harmonies, and exceptional live performance. Their latest album You Drive Me Crazy was selected to be on the 2017 first round Grammy Ballot and has taken them on tour around the US, UK, EU and now they are headed to NZ for the first time. From Stuart Adamson’s outstanding lead guitar work and gritty vocals to Hilary Claire Adamson’s powerhouse vocal gymnastics and lilting harmonies, it is no wonder this duo is quickly gaining momentum both at home and abroad. They combine the best of Texas country, southern blues, folk and gospel to create an original sound that is all their own.
The husband-and- wife duo of Hilary Claire and Stuart Adamson—better known as The Flyin’ A’s—are on
the cusp of releasing their fourth independent album. Their latest album You Drive Me Crazy, is a top-shelf complement to the pair’s engaging, fun, contagiously enjoyable live shows, You Drive Me Crazy is right on the money. The album has received critical acclaim and play around the world, making it on the first round Grammy ballot for “Best Americana Album”.
Their latest recording project, You Drive Me Crazy, is a collection of diverse, heartfelt songs that borrows from Americana, folk, country and Texas music influences. From the rockabilly ear candy of the opening number, “Little Miss Tumbleweed” to the mournful lament of loss that is the closing “Wild Texas Wind,” Hilary and Stuart mine an array of melody and emotion that form a testament of endurance through the ups and downs life brings. “The songs all have a backbone built on the experiences we’ve faced on both sides of the fence,” Hilary says. To which Stuart adds, “Our music is not just something we create, it’s what we live and breath. Our songs are what get us through the highs and lows that come along with living life to it’s fullest.”
As their profile has grown following their 2011 album ’Til They Shut It Down, The Oakland A’s baseball team attempted to dispute the spirited duo over the “A’s” in their band name . In true Flyin’ A’s style, refusing to give up a name based on their family roots, The Flyin’ A’s stayed strong through the legal battle. Against all odds, winning the right to stay true to their convictions, they are proud to say they fought the good fight against “the big dogs” and won.
The players on this album are legendary in the Texas music scene. With Chris Gage producing, engineering and sharing his many instrumental talents all over this album is one of the best he’s produced. In addition you will hear great performances from Lloyd Maines, Glenn Fukunaga, Paul Pearcy, and Will Taylor. The resulting album, You Drive Me Crazy, is their best release yet, with both new Flyin’ A’s fans and longtime followers praising this release before it’s even hit stores and the airwaves!
It all began after their meeting in 2003 at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Stuart enlisted Hilary to serve as a backup singer for his own band. But as her vocal prowess sharpened and grew, she found herself being pressed more and more towards center stage until a true collaboration emerged. The pair married in 2005, and the following year the Flyin’ A’s released their first album, Blacktop, Back Roads, was released.
Since then the duo has toured in Texas, across the U.S. and internationally, racking up some impressive endorsements en route. “A musical duo that is so hot right now, you’ll wanna cool your jets…land and take a listen to The Flyin’ A’s”( Jason Wheeler, CBS News).
Stuart grew up in San Antonio, Texas, his mother’s hometown, playing as a teenager in his father’s classic country band, as well as a single acoustic act. He performed at iconic San Antonio events throughout the city including Fiesta’s NIOSA (Night in Old San Antone) in addition to charity events for Inner City Outreach, raising thousands of dollars for services assisting the homeless. His father came from a long line of ranchers in West Texas, and the Adamson family cattle brand, The Flying A, is the origin of the band’s name. As soon as Stuart had a chance he chased his songwriting dreams to Nashville, spending 7 years honing his craft. As many Texas songwriters do, he came to his senses and returned to the lone star state where soon after The Flyin’ A’s were born.
Hilary’s family moved to the self proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas when she was just 5 years old from LaCrosse, WI. Her musical roots started young singing gospel music in the Southern Methodist Church and jazz with her Grandma Niecy on holidays when visiting extended family on her father’s family farm in Byron, Minnesota. After high school Hilary moved to Lubbock, Texas, to pursue a degree in music by day while cutting her teeth as a back up singer for local blues and country bands by night. Returning home to Austin after college, she continued singing background vocals and started recording demos for local songwriters. She set her sights on finding her voice as a songwriter, leading her to the Kerrville Folk Festival’s famous songwriting school. It is here where her collaboration with Stuart began. The combined influences of gospel, jazz, country, blues and Texas songwriting greats were woven into the tapestry of Hilary’s formative years and shine through the eclectic mix found in her songwriting and vocal expression.