By Derek Downham
Let's hear it for Adam Beer-Colacino
I first met Adam when he was a teenager. He and his father used to come out to my jam night in the Junction so Adam could play with veterans and locals alike.
From his first note, I knew there was something special brewing here. Never before had I witnessed a wunderkind with such feel, tone, and a velvety vibrato. His firm grasp on material from masters (Albert King immediately comes to mind) left everyone's mouth agape.
As the weeks became months, I watched him soak into Bo Diddley, The Meters...rhythmic-lead playing of the highest degree. I remember his father asking me for advice on his career, and all I said was "get him to write and sing his own tunes". The next week, and every time after that, he showed up with new, self-penned songs that were enjoyable to the ear, and to the players who sat in with him. Adam had "jam etiquette" from the word go, always sharing leads with others. Always tasteful, never "wanky". This is a very admirable quality that I wish more players would possess.
While taking some formal musical education, Adam was still punching out music in the clubs, expanding his repertoire and turning the heads of even the most cantankerous listener.
Adam can be seen downtown in reputable Toronto venues like The Rex, The Dakota Tavern and The Cameron House. His tone and voice have only increased in depth, dynamics and richness. Truly, a force to be witnessed.
He plays with many, as he is truly a sniper of a session player, but I recommend watching him with THE SINNERS CHOIR. Alongside local legends Adam Warner and Terry Wilkins, the trio create a musical bond steeped in their love and respect of roots-based song-craft. They play often, so keep an eye open.
Plus, he smiles when he plays. It's awesome.