Musician Spotlight: Nick Adamo

Dec 12, 2022

After a pair of Surf Rock singles released in 2019, Austin based singer-songwriter/guitarist, Nick Adamo, has ridden his wave of momentum opening for rising bands such as Nané, Night Cap, Jane Leo, Aubrey Hays, Tyler McCollum, and The Irons. Along the way, Nick lit up several historic stages around Texas like Saxon Pub (Austin), The Belmont (Austin), Magnolia Motor Lounge (Ft. Worth), and Dosey Doe – The Big Barn (The Woodlands) to name a few.

We sat down with Nick to discuss what got him started playing music, what brought him to us here at MTF, and what’s he’s got going on for the rest of 2022 and on through 2023!


How did you get your (musical) start? What inspired you to start playing music in the first place?

I’m an only child raised by a single mother with a beautiful singing voice. I would quietly imitate her vocal melodies humming to myself as a child. It wasn’t until college that I was motivated to try singing out loud and taught myself to play guitar & sing at the same time.

I began finding my own voice while stuck in traffic during my daily commute on I-35 singing along to OK Computer by Radiohead.

I started writing my own music as an intellectual artistic exercise to challenge my fear of embarrassment. What began as an academic experiment soon became a lifelong source of solace.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

Harry Nilsson, Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley, Neil Young, Karen Carpenter, Steve Perry of Journey, John Denver, Curtis Mayfield, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, Luther Vandross, Todd Rundgren, Elvis Costello, Peter Green, Sade, Theo Katzman, Vince Gill, Bonnie Raitt, Father John Misty, Lemon Twigs, Shania Twain, Jason Isbell, Jackson Browne, Rayland Baxter, Nick Drake, Bobby Charles, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas, Joey Dosik, and David Gates of Bread to name a few

What was the injury that first brought you into contact with MTF? How did it impact your ability to play music?

I completely ruptured my pectoralis tendon during a heavy barbell bench press workout. My muscle retracted into my chest creating a cosmetic deformity and a painful range of motion limitation prohibiting me from moving my left arm enough to play guitar.

What was your experience like receiving treatment through MTF? How long did it take for you to be able to play again?

I got a phone call from Dr. Barron less than 30 minutes after HAAM referred me to MTF. He immediately put me at ease reassuring me he’d done this procedure thousands of times and I’d be playing guitar again a week or two after surgery. He was right. I played my first live show two weeks after post-operation.

What do you have going on for the rest of the year? What about 2023?

I’ll be playing a few shows, and would love to see y’all out there:

December 1st – New Single  ”Lie to Me” Released

December 3rd – David Yurman – Austin “Shop For a Cause” Event 3pm

December 14th – Saxon Pub @ 10pm – Single Release Party

February 3rd – Dosey Doe The Woodlands, TX @ 7pm

March 25 – Beerburg Brewing Crawfish Festival @ 1pm

Listen to their work:
Tanner Hoytt

Musician Spotlight: Tanner Hoyt

What inspired you to start playing music? I grew up listening to music and traveling to shows with my mother, who followed Dwight Yoakam on tour for years when I was a child. I received a guitar for my 5th birthday and immediately started learning songs and it has been all I’ve done since. After […]

Musician Spotlight: Hamed Shadad

What inspired you to start playing music? I remember at an early age I used to listen repeatedly to some of Chopin’s greatest works on a cassette tape. It had a great impact on me. Then early in my musical career, a former teacher gave me a CD of contemporary classical music, and from then […]

Musician Spotlight: Jeff Hill

What inspired you to start playing music? I started playing clarinet and singing in 4th Grade. When I got to middle school in 2012 I discovered Rock n Roll andJazz and I never looked back. Who are some of your musical inspirations I have always been inspired by musicians that made music their lifetime pursuit. […]