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A new approach: Peter Bradley Adams lets producer take lead on coming album

Peter Bradley Adams never takes the easy route.

That says a lot about his character.

Whether it’s touring or songwriting, he puts his entire being into each project.

His next album, “Afterglow,” will be released in September.

Nashville, Tenn.-based singer/songwriter Peter Bradley Adams is working on an album that will be released in September. (Courtesy of Heidi Ross)

The Nashville, Tenn.-based songwriter says the album is about 75 percent complete. He will perform two shows in New Mexico – one in Los Alamos tonight and in Santa Fe on Saturday, March 16.

The shows will be Adams’ first headlining performances in New Mexico.

“We’re going to release some singles through spring and summer,” he says in a recent interview. “I’d like to get maybe four or five singles out before the entire album is released.”

Adams is taking a different route with this album.

After five albums, he’s letting his producer take the lead on “Aferglow.”

“Usually, I’ve been overly involved in producing my stuff,” he says. “I’m letting someone lead me this time, and it’s working out.”

Over the course of his career of more than a decade, Adams says, his writing process hasn’t changed much, although he has gained life experience.

“Hopefully, I’m getting a little better,” he says with a laugh. “My process is weird and intuitive. I’m also not a fast writer. I spend a lot of time finishing songs. I don’t write songs straight out of my journal. I try to find something in my little life that would make some sort of impact. I never know exactly what will come out.”

Adams has plenty of material to pull from for his sets.

But he’s picky about which songs he performs.

“A lot of my earlier songs just don’t hold up,” he says. “I try to forget my first record, because it doesn’t represent me today, though my songs are easier to perform as just a duo, which I’ll be performing when I’m in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. I usually play with a full band when I’m closer to home in Nashville. It’s cheaper for me to travel as just a duo when I’m farther away from home. I’ll be throwing in some of the new tracks that I have done from ‘Afterglow.’ It’s always a mixture of old and new for me. That’s what excites me.”