Friday, February 23, 2007
Guitarist and vocalist Adam Ezra Olshansky performs barefoot and with press-on nails.
"I go barefoot to kind of let the dogs breathe," he said. "For me it's a comfort thing, and just goes well with playing."
Olshansky's band, the Adam Ezra Group, will play its blend of acoustic, eclectic-roots rock at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill on Saturday. It will be the band's first gig in Steamboat Springs, and Olshansky definitely will be wearing press-on nails - for picking his guitar.
"When you yank them off after the show, they take a good chunk of enamel with them," he said. "So I tend to leave them on and let them fall off. So most of the time I'm walking around with freakish nails on one hand."
Olshansky was a solo folk musician before he assembled his four- to six-piece band. The size of the group depends on the size of the performance.
"It's pretty amazing for me to play with gifted musicians," he said. "They bring out so many dimensions in my music that I didn't even know existed."
There are always five to 10 new songs bubbling around Olshansky's head. When he finally gets them down on paper, it's usually in his basement apartment in Boston.
"I'm down there when not on the road, scribbling away. Every song is different in terms of the birthing process," he said. "The process often starts with the guitar and me thinking of something. Emotion either sparks the guitar or the guitar sparks the emotion - I'm not sure which one comes first."
Olshansky's music has been played in MTV's "Real World: Chicago," two episodes of VH1's "Driven," and will appear in the next season of E!'s "Dr. 90210."
"If I could conceptualize a horrific premise for a reality TV show, 'Dr. 90210' is it," he said. "It's about plastic surgery, and they show the plastic surgery and interview the people. It was definitely the wackiest TV music experience."
Olshansky said he's starting to get the itch to get back in the recording studio to make a new album, but his only immediate plans involve the band's growing tour schedule.
"The music industry is changing so much, and this is an exciting time to be part of everything," he said. "We are independent right now, and it can be scary with so many musicians trying to piece it all together."