Roam 12" Vinyl LP
In August of 2011, Adrian Krygowski had a relatively normal life. He worked for a telecom giant in Northern Virginia, had a commute, and on the weekends he would travel the east coast with his aggressive folk music, making fans one-by-one and growing his dream. He also just finished recording his previous record, "Hope For Us."
On that hot day in August, Verizon Communications union went on strike, and all office personnel were to report to union offices, to scab for those on strike, until further notice. Little did Adrian know Buffalo, NY turned to be the most violent work environment within Verizon, with more "incidents" between union and non-union employees than any other office. The threats of being run over by drunken union employees, non-entry of workspaces by force, being chased throughout town, and non-cooperation from unionized Buffalo Police Department, was more than Adrian bargained for in his career thus-far. In the evenings however, when everything was quiet, Adrian toted his guitar a mile through the streets of Buffalo until he reached his songwriting zen, an empty baseball diamond in pitch dark. It was over these four weeks, most every night, that Adrian wrote the bulk of his newest soul-driven and working-man record, "Roam", a play on his temporary home's namesake.
A year later, Adrian had left Verizon, moved to East Nashville Tennessee, and had 350 shows under his belt. New band members included Paul Niehaus on steel (Calexico, Justin Townes Earle), Jared Manzo on bass (Chris Scruggs), drummer Aaron Distler (Heypenny), Meredith Brown on fiddle (The Bard Owls), and St Louis/DC banjo king, Anders Fahey.
The new record brings a new perspective, new soul, and more defined voice from his living. His music reflects the struggle and tension of the American people over the past few years, and really hits home for those listening-in. With recent successes such as CBGBs Music & Arts Festival, Daytrotter, Fearless Radio, WDVX, and bill-shares with Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog), Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, The Oh Hellos, The Dirt Daubers, Woody Pines, Joe Fletcher, Joshua Black Wilkins, Johnny Fritz/Corndawg, Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles, Adrian's music is getting closer to the people, where it belongs.
Adrian Krygowski Biography
East Nashville musician Adrian Krygowski has been touring east of the Mississippi strongly since 2009, playing his brand of intense "Soul-Folk," as his band members put-it, to sold-out rock clubs, listening rooms, house concerts, coffee shops, festivals, and everywhere in between. He's touching on 400 shows since then, and only shows signs of gaining more steam, and dedicated fanbase.
The three-piece band of Paul Niehaus on steel (Calexico, Justin Townes Earle), and Jared Manzo on bass (Chris Scruggs), powers through their new record "Roam", a 7-song LP, on stages in the Nashville regional circuit, while Adrian primarily plays solo, or with fiddle, in most other markets still.
With recent highlights such as a trip to Daytrotter, Fearless Radio, WDVX, and bill-shares with Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog), Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, Woody Pines, Joe Fletcher, Joshua Black Wilkins, Johnny Fritz/Corndawg, Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles, Adrian's road-tested show has been making instant fans every show.
Adrian and Meredith started performing together, as Meredith sat-in on a short midwestern tour in mid-2012. That winter, they worked to put a traditional tune "Jack of Diamonds" on Adrian's upcoming "Roam" LP. In early 2013, they were asked to perform at MKE Follies, a Milwaukee Performance company with Adrian's sister, Lindsey (Video from their 3-piece performance here. The show sold out, and their new act built on from there. Currently, Adrian + Meredith have been consistent in the Chicago, and Southern Michigan area, and plans to pick up more traditional and vaudeville musical stylings.
One of the first things Train Case Management was asked to do after signing Adrian, was to build a consistent band in the Nashville area. (Those from the area know musicians move around alot in a vast scene). Adrian had already been playing with Paul Niehaus on Pedal-Steel (Calexico, Justin Townes Earle, Lambchop) for a few months, with several new songs and Nashville-local showcases needing a fuller sound. TCM immediately found Jared Manzo, after playing with Derek Hoke & Chris Scruggs, and the consistent 3-Piece was formed.
With a rotating cast of drummers, Aaron Dister (Heypenny), Simon Roper (St. Johns), Joe Curet, etc., the band tracked "Roam", all brand new songs since Adrian moved to the East Nashville neighborhood. With the release of the LP, the full-band has only gotten more prominent in the scene, with well-known showcases such as 8 off 8th, $2 Tuesdays, Daytrotter, New Faces, Terryfest, and co-headlined their first date at The High Watt in May '13, with Music City Mayhem's darlings, Mercy Bell.
The Purr of The People on Fire: Some days you just beg the smoke and the horizon that blew it to suck you in. -Sean Moeller // Daytrotter
Adrian Krygowski may not be a household name, let alone pronounceable at first go, but his gifts as a songwriter and a crafter of gruff yet lyrical Americana are hard to deny. One listen to new track "Roam" is all the proof you need. -KDHX St. Louis
...what a great discovery he turned out to be! His songs are real gems that he delivers with a sharp lyrical witůmini portrayals of life along with all its tattered edges, fragmented hopes and dreams. -Folk Radio UK
Adrian Krygowski's Song Roam is American Songwriter's Daily Discovery
Adrian"s sound conjure the punk-inflected folk of The Avett Brothers and the "Americana Soul" of Delta Spirit, while his vocals draws comparisons to Bob Dylan and The Hold Steady"s Craig Finn...He is currently on the road for a 30 date nationwide tour, including three CD release cities (DC, Nashville, Chicago) and three showcases at SXSW. -Artists On Demand Blog Radio
Hopefully, you"ll get plenty of miles out of Hope for Us, too. This is an excellent record worth taking a journey with, especially into an uncertain future. -DC Music Download Blog
Adrian takes the listener along with him on a journey through his own personal growth, the failure of a relationship that doesn"t work despite the best of intentions, and his path to reconciliation and redemption. -MetroMusicScene.com Blog
Adrian Krygowski doesn"t try to reinvent the wheel, he just makes it roll with a unique swagger. Folk rock is the oldest of creative styles. Therefore, finding excellence in the field means either being a carbon copy of a legend or confidently expanding their legacy. -OnTap Magazine
I bought his CD and I think you should, too. He says he"ll be coming back through in the early spring. -StuckInsideKnoxville Blog - WDVX-FM Blue Plate Special