“Over the decade that has passed since I released Earth Tones, I keep being amazed by the response that listeners have had to that simple project of solo clawhammer banjo instrumentals played on the fretless gourd banjo. While all things are relative, Earth Tones has been my most successful CD project by far, with many physical reprintings over the years and still strong digital-download and streaming numbers. The evidence is clear: audiences are moved by the warm, soothing sound of this unique instrument and my approach to arranging music for it, and not just banjo-oriented audiences, either. I have so often heard from banjo enthusiasts who give Earth Tones as a gift to loved ones whom they claim do not even like the sound of the banjo or its music!
“In an effort to deliver to my audience more of the music that they seem to like the best, I decided that 2020 would be a ceremonially appealing time to release a new collection of gourd banjo music. To satisfy my own desire, however, for growth in my musical aesthetic, I knew that this follow-up project, Back to the Earth, needed to not merely reinvent the Earth Tones wheel; rather, I wanted it to move in a new direction while still feeling reassuringly familiar. To that end, I recruited some of my favorite traditional musicians and arranged seven selections as collaborations to represent my most current style, alongside several solo arrangements that harken more directly back to Earth Tones. I could not be more honored to include such icons as Ricky Skaggs, members of Hawktail, and alums of the Johnson Mountain Boys among others, all of whose superlative musicianship helped these arrangements transcend the boundaries of old-time music.” - Adam Hurt
Deemed a "banjo virtuoso" by the Washington Post, Hurt has fused traditional old-time idioms to create his own clawhammer banjo style. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center, conducted banjo and fiddle workshops around the country and abroad, and been featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter. Since 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions, including three first-place finishes at prestigious Clifftop.