12 Days of Music: A Review of Wilder Adkins’ Album Hope & Sorrow

Artist: Wilder Adkins

Album: Hope & Sorrow – Wilder Adkins 2016

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I live for this kind of experience in the sharing of music.  This is the story of bringing you an artist I discovered on vacation with my family in Birmingham, Alabama.  We were at a venue called Moonlight on the Mountain for an in-the-round show with four acoustic artists.  The first three musicians were fairly pedestrian but when it was Wilder Adkins’ turn, we all turned to each other and eyebrows went up.  And each time Wilder had his turn, we became bigger fans.  His voice is so warm, sincere and dripping with honesty.  His lyrics simple but true and make that instant connection that we long for. 

From the song, When I’m Married, “There’s a love that grows between us like a gently creeping vine.” I can’t get that out of my head.  His finger picking is so good, the compositions are perfect and he is so humble with a wicked, dry sense of humor.  More than anything he so easily and effortlessly reaches in and grabs your heart.  Imagine John Prine meets Elliott Smith.  Wow, to bring this from Moonlight on the Mountain to Starbucks stores all over the world was the highlight of the year.

Leroy Henry

About Leroy Henry

Hello, my name is Leroy Henry, a Senior Music Supervisor at PlayNetwork, since 1999. I’ve had the honor and pleasure of spending my entire career in music. Rock ‘n’ roll radio got me hooked at age four and then the Beatles invaded my childhood, pushing me over the top. As music evolved through the 60’s and 70’s, Pink Floyd sent me over the moon!

After dabbling in college radio as a DJ at the University of Washington station, I got a lucky break and was hired at a Seattle rock station, KZOK at age 21, holding down the night-time shift! After DJ’ng in the 70s and 80s at various local rock stations in Seattle, I parlayed my love for music into the retail environment, becoming a music supervisor, curating a wide variety of music styles for brands all over the world.

My passion for music runs deep and I take a lot of pride in putting music together in such a way that it inspires people and helps create an indelible experience for brands.

In my spare time, I help musicians around the country and northwest sequence their album’s track order, helping to produce the best listening experience. I am one lucky soul!

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