Acclaimed country singer and songwriter, Adam Hood, made his long-awaited Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday night! The Saturday night double-header featured sets from Opry members Darius Rucker, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch. While Hood has helped pen songs for superstars like Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Riley Green, The Oak Ridge Boys and Cody Jinks, Adam performed two original songs, “Way Too Long” off his 2014 album Welcome to the Big World and “Harder Stuff” off his latest record, Bad Days Better. Hood had the sold-out crowd in the palm of his hands and will undoubtedly be back on the iconic stage in the future.
“I wish it wasn’t over! I didn’t want it to end. The amount of support from family, friends and fans was staggering! The folks at the Opry are the best in the business, and that stage sounds just like you would think it does. It’s gonna take a while to come down from this one!” said Hood.
WSM radio host, Mike Terry, said of Adam’s boisterous audience, “I’m wondering how many members of the audience you bought tickets for. It was amazing. We’ve had artists make their appearance for the first time and you can tell that there’s a following when they come out. But that’s the biggest applause that I can recall hearing ever.”
Hood’s Opry debut is on the heels of his fifth studio album Bad Days Better which came out mid-September. The album peaked in the top 10 on the Americana Albums Chart. “Harder Stuff” featuring Miranda Lambert peaked at No. 12 on the Americana Singles chart and peaked at No. 8 at Texas Radio. To stay up to date with Hood and his tour dates, please visit adamhood.com
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About Adam Hood Solo artist. Frontman. Behind-the-scenes songwriter. For more than 2 decades, Adam Hood has left his mark onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes soul, country, and American roots music into the same package. It’s a sound that began shape in Opelika, Alabama. Raised by working-class parents, Hood started playing hometown shows as a 16 year-old, landing a weekly residency at a local restaurant. He’d perform there every Friday and Saturday night, filling his set list with songs by John Hiatt, Steve Warner, Hank Williams Jr, and Vince Gill. As the years progressed, the gigs continued — not only in Alabama, but across the entire country, where Hood still plays around 100 shows annually. These days, though, he’s no longer putting his own stamp on the songs of chart-topping country stars. Instead, many of those acts are playing his music. Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Travis Tritt, Riley Green, Whiskey Myers, Anderson East, Frankie Ballard, Josh Abbott Band, Lee Ann Womack, and Brent Cobb are among the dozens of artists who’ve recorded Hood’s songs. An in-demand songwriter, while still maintaining a busy schedule of tour dates in support of his third solo release, Welcome to the Big World and Two years later, he continues the balancing act with his newest album, Somewhere in Between. And now in 2022, his fifth studio album, Bad Days Better, recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon, Georgia with the help of members of Blackberry Smoke, and Brent Cobb in the producer’s chair will be released with 10 new songs. “It’s southern music,” he says, “That’s what it represents: the soulful side of southern music, the country side of southern music, the genuineness of southern culture, and the way I grew up. One of the t-shirts I sell at every show simply says ‘Southern songs’ and that’s a good summary of what I do. It’s what I’ve always done.”https://www.countryschatter.com/2022/10/adam-hood-made-grand-ole-opry-debut-to-a-sold-out-opry-house-on-saturday-night/Grand Ole OpryPhoto ReleasePress ReleaseAdam Hood,Bill Anderson,Cody Jinks,Darius Rucker,Dustin Lynch,Jeannie Seely,Lauren Alaina,little big town,Marinda Lambert,riley Green,The Oak Ridge Boys,WSM RadioGrand Ole Opry