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 and I am the executive producer for global Starbucks at PlayNetwork. Rock ‘n’ roll radio got me hooked at age four, then the Beatles invaded to push me over the top, and let’s just say Pink Floyd sent me over the moon!

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 to their core. I was going to be a doctor, but got hired as a disc jockey halfway through college and that was it. (Sorry, Mom.)

I started DJing in the 70s and 80s at local rock stations in Seattle. I then parlayed my love for music into the retail environment, where I could curate a wider variety of music styles for businesses all over the world. I was the founder of the music department at PlayNetwork in its early days in 1999. And 17 years later I am curating and producing music for Starbucks in over 60 countries.

Working at PlayNetwork has given me the opportunity to affect people’s emotions with great music, creating a nice, indelible experience when turning them onto a new song or artist.

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