Adam Mormolstein


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Smoky Mountain Drums


Check out the Smoky Mountain Drums in action!  You don’t play these drums, they play you.

How do you think they sound?

Country Caroline


My newest original song!


Adam Mormolstein, Now Available On Bandcamp


I am finally making my music available for you to check out/download/buy via this website called Bandcamp.  It’s a similar concept to the iTunes store in as much as that YOU can download my music, but it allows the artist a lot more flexibility to set their own prices, and even let YOU pay what you want for certain tracks/albums/etc.  Which is cool.

I’ve got my first batch all loaded up which is an album I made back in 2009 called 30.  30 was an experiment in songwriting.  I challenged myself to write and record a new song everyday for 30 consecutive days in an attempt (I guess) to write a lot of songs, or something.  Luckily I muddled through and was able to finish the project (albeit I didn’t sleep very much).  It plays like one mans journal of a Chicago summer month in 2009.  A very raw, honest, sometimes personal, sometimes weird, album.  If you listen closely you can hear the early morning birds picked up in the mics.

Stay posted as I get more stuff uploaded (Dang you slow upload speeds!)


Check out my version of one of my all time favorite songs by two brothers named Santo & Johnny.

The Tuning:  C#min Low to High

B   C#   E   G#   C#   E

The last three chords in the outro played on the Guitar are:

C#Maj        F#Half Diminished        C#6/9 (basically a 9th chord with the 6th in there as well)

Here are the last three chords for the 1959 Santo & Johnny hit song Sleepwalk.

Here are the last three chords for the 1959 Santo & Johnny hit song Sleepwalk.

A cool live version by Santo & Johnny.  I’m not sure why you can’t hear the Electric Guitar at all, but it makes it really easy to isolate what the steel part is doing.

Frosty The Snowman!

The tradition continues.  Every year since 2005 I’ve done a rendition of a holiday jingle (and bell).  This year is an homage to classic country!  Download the album and come back in a year for the next installment!




Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)


“So goodbye, so long, the road calls me dear”

With my work transfer complete, I’m excited to be starting a new adventure as I move to Nashville Tennesse.  Here is a classic Tom Waits song from the album “Closing Time” to commemorate.  Enjoy!

Tennessee: An Audio/Visual Odyssey

“Does anyone know the three rings of marriage?” the man with Lyle Lovett hair asks. “The engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering” he answers.

“A lot of people think this an Autoharp. Well, Autoharp is a brand name. This is a Chorded Zither”

Mark Edeleman, Smoky Mountain Dulcimers: A lesson in musicianship and salesmanship.

Smoky Mountain National Park: Cades Cove

no lawnmowers here.

Jim Oblon Live at FooBar. Josh Hunt on drums, Adam Gardner on Bass.

“Make me down a pallet on your floor”

Owed To Heartache, Ashokan Farewell


Ashokan Farewell.  Another little rainy day

cover, this time of a

sad little


Song written by Jay Ungar

used in Ken Burns, The Civil War.

It’s one of my favorites, but

I think I say that about every song I cover.

Simple and spare,

just the way I like it.

The rain is

from my


I hope you think it’s nice.

Vintage Kay Guitar for under 30 dollars, What??

My favorite instruments are ones that are a little crusty, and one of a kind.  While driving down the street this weekend Caroline Burdett and I spotted a perfect little gem of a guitar at a garage sale.  A small scale, Kay K-200 Acoustic Guitar from the 1970′s.  It had only two strings, broken tuners, a busted bridge and a lot of dirt and paint on it, but it looked like the perfect candidate for a little DIY afternoon fun.

We were able to negotiate Mr. Garage Sale Man down from $10 to $8 and finally to $4 and some pocket lint.  Then we headed to Avenue N Guitars, and got some new tuners, and strings.  With a little elbow grease and and some finesse I was able to breathe new life into this little gal.  Now she plays like a dream. and all for under $30.  Score!

World’s Worst Musical

My friend Marty Scanlon has been working on a WebSeries called World’s Worst Musical. A 10 part mini series that follows a struggling playwright and his attempt to write a musical. Marty asked me to play drums on episode 2 and I gladly did. Click the above video to check it out!


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