Sydney Adams took the stage at Austin City Saloon in Lexington to cheer up UK fans after their loss to Florida. Anderson Elswick (who is working on his debut album) shared the stage with Sydney on a cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson.”
Solo, Adams entertained with crowd pleasers like Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine” and Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” but the best moments of the show were the unexpected ones. Adams sang an impassioned rendition of Connie Smith’s “Once a Day” upgrading the lyrics from sorrowful, to being angry about spending her life crying “once a day, everyday, all day long.” The other unexpected moment from the night was the slow, haunting version of “You Are My Sunshine” taking the song from its traditional brightness to a darker place.
Adams’ own songs, off of her album Always Home to Me, show off her roots. In particular, her single “I Don’t Care” shows that she will be doing her music her own way despite what anyone else thinks, and the closer “Bringing Her Memory Home” ended the night with her bringing us back to country songs of the past. Sydney Adams is the perfect blend of modern and traditional, and I highly recommend you give her a listen.
Find her upcoming shows at her website, https://www.sydneyadamsmusic.com. Read our review of her album here: REVIEW: Sydney Adams Encapsulates The Music Of Eastern Kentucky On Her Debut EP “Always Home to Me”