Jay Boy Adams
"Jay Boy" Adams was born
December 8, 1949 as James Wallace Adams. He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist
from Colorado City, Lubbock and San Antonio, Texas, known particularly for
storytelling in his songs.
Adams was born in Fort Worth but reared
in Colorado City, the seat of Mitchell County south of Snyder in
West Texas, where his father was the local Chevrolet dealer and a
In March 1972, Steve Moss, a friend,
secured a spot for Adams with the ZZ Top band in Lubbock. That summer he
gained entry to Texas Tech University in Lubbock to study music and
English. ZZ Top's manager, Bill Ham, soon invited Adams to play for
the band at the Municipal Auditorium in Dallas. By 1976, Adams had
signed with Atlantic Records, which released his first
music in 1977.
In 1999, Adams joined George Strait's
national tour. He toured Europe with the Tejano group, the Texas
Tornados. He became the co-manager of the popular singer Pat Green,
whom Adams met when Green came looking for touring accommodations.
By 2007, Adams released the album "The Shoe Box", which reached No.
5 on the Americana chart. The album offers ten new Adams selections
and three from the late 1970s. "The Shoe Box" produced three top 10
single songs the Texas Music Chart, where it was posted for some two
years. Singer Stephen Stills, an avid listener of "The Shoe Box,"
declared Adams "a great musician and a storyteller in the true Texas
tradition" and invited him to join Stills' national tour.
On March 12, 2011, Adams performed in concert at the landmark Texas
Theater in Sweetwater in Nolan County, near his hometown of Colorado
City. It was the first concert in some seventy years at that
facility, which had originally been designed for musical programs
but converted to films after its opening.
Today, Adams is an artist through
Wounded Bird Records. He has recently joined forces with other
musical veterans in the rock group, Brothers of the Southland which
include key members from southern rock pioneers The Outlaws, The
Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, The
Black Crowes, and new comer Bo Bice. Though his touring coach
business is based in Kendall County (San Antonio), Adams kept
Lubbock as his musical home. "Lubbock is the capital of West Texas.
There has been so much talent come out of there, and really . . .
none of it has been very commercial. Buddy Holly wasn't commercial
when he first came out of there." Among those to whom Adams was
referring was Don Allison, an area musician associated with various
genres of music and a long-time producer at the Cactus Theater in
Lubbock, where Adams has also frequently performed.