Carolina Swampland Blues
Uphill plays blues straight out of the Swampland. With a mix of original blues and revitalizing versions of lost classics from Chicago to the Delta, Uphill has brought their own Carolina tang to the table since 2005.
Deacon Blues captures the soul of guitar legends from Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughan, but the Uphill sound is also driven by Chris "Catdaddy" Palestrant on keys, and the Deacon's gut busting blues harp. Virginia Beach-based Isaiah Hunter on drums provides a powerful heartbeat.
Adam Nixon, a.k.a. "Deacon Blues", is a North Carolina native. His father being a pastor, he spent much of his formative years in the church. Musically, he was brought up in the traditions of country and southern gospel. His initial desire to play guitar was simply for accompanying his voice and writing songs. Since then his playing has taken on a voice all its own. After a brief flirtation with playing country music, he was introduced to the blues. That was the beginning of the journey that has led him to where he is today, and ultimately who he is; a journeyman.
Today, UPHILL is the home of the Deacon. Though he is not defined by the narrow definition that many purists accept as "blues," he does have a definition for himself. As to what that is, well, let me let him tell you. "I consider myself a journeyman; a journeyman of the modern age. The blues is in me; I'm not out there playing this music just because I want to, or it's a trend to follow. This music is a vocation. I HAVE to play this music. It's too strong for me NOT to play it. I love playing all forms of blues and blues-related music, and I'm glad that I get to play it with these guys. "
As Deacon's repertoire and range has increased, so has his resume. As to the next chapter, only time will tell. But one thing is certain; no matter what, the blues will keep flowing though his veins and out into the world, so be prepared!
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