Fraser: Come for the winter, stay for the music
March 12, 2009
From the East Coast to the West, Adam Lynam has been known to make waves.
The surfer, turned-skier and part-time musician has been riding his way through oceans, down snow-draped mountains, and most recently along sound waves at the Crooked Creek Saloon.
Appropriately, he is a rising star from where it all began. “The Creek” was the first bar Lynam was ever in after a move to Colorado from West Chester, Penn.
“I have many passions in life and music is a huge one,” he said. “I moved here to ski and fell into an amazing music scene filled with some of the most talented individuals I’ve ever met.”
He has played with the “diverse” Stoney Credenza, which formed last summer. He and members Andy Moore, “Rob of All Trades” Kadrle and Chris “Pops” Popovich are scheduled to play at the saloon this Saturday. They are also among the not-to-miss performances at this April’s C-Lot Spring Splash concert.
Pops works with the band as a drum project and Lynam said it has been amazing to see the former frontman’s progression on drums.
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“Andy is a sick lead guitarist who really rounds out our sound and makes the band whole,” he said. He also says the band wouldn’t have gotten to where it is now without the unique sounds and “amazing” bass skills of Kadrle.
Lynam’s interest in music began with the cello (at age 10), followed by trumpet, which he still plays a little to this day.
“I can pick up just about any instrument and dabble,” he said.
His instrument of choice, however, is the guitar. The musician, whose song “Dusty Roads” appeared on last October’s This Side of Berthoud compilation, said he never had a formal lesson. Some things he learned from friends, but a lot he achieved on his own.
He ran open mic night at Mackinaw’s last summer (and will again this summer) and this past winter he took the helm of open mic night at the Crooked Creek Saloon.
His father was a disc jockey in the ’70s and his mom loved all kinds of music, so Lynam had a wide variety of music to branch from. His influences span classic rock, bluegrass, jam and reggae. Top artists, he said, are Phish, Dick Dale, Moe, Dispatch, and Hot Buttered Rum.
Lynam said it is “really cool when a good (night) comes together and we can all get together and jam in public.”
“I’ve spent a lot of time traveling and have been influenced by many people, places and things,” he said, adding that a lot of his original compositions are inspired by “being in the mountains or on the beach.” Some of his songs are integrated into the Stoney Credenza repertoire, a third of which are his originals. Lynam said hearing his songs with a full band “really ties them together. It has been really cool to see some of my music written over the years develop into full-band pieces.”