Texas’ Open Spaces and Songwriting Tradition Inform Austin Songwriter’s Sound

“It’s a very interesting intersection of a lot of different cultures and it’s a very multi-national state.”

By Leah ScarpelliFebruary 28, 2017 11:44 am,

Adam Torres comes from New Mexico and has lived in many places – including Philadelphia and Ohio – before settling in Austin. But as a songwriter, he’s inspired by much of what he sees and hears in Texas.

Torres just released the EP “I Came To Sing the Song”. It’s a follow-up to last year’s “Pearls to Swine”.

“A loft of my favorite songwriters are either from here or have spent some time here – like Townes Van Zandt, or Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker,” he says. “That’s a kind of magnetic soft of feeling of … creating music and writing here. It’s very special to me.”

Torres says the bigness of Texas influences the way he writes.

“A lot of the aesthetics on our album that came out last year are particular geographically to Texas and to New Mexico where I’m from,” he says.

Written by Shelly Brisbin.