Adams Collins

Musician // Composer // Instructor

Adams was born, raised, and educated in the Ozark Mountain college town of Fayetteville, AR.  He attended the University of Arkansas where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  Whilst there he played in several ensembles including Percussion Ensemble, Latin Ensemble, Wind Symphony, University Orchestra, Jazz Band, Steel Band, and the U of A Marching Band.  During this period he began an experimental percussion funk group called Minkus Finkus.  The band gained local notoriety and received the Northwest Arkansas Music Award for best Jazz Group.  They performed at the Charlie Christian Music Festival, The Great Unknown, and the Oklahoma Council of the Arts Festival.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Adams moved to Boulder, CO to pursue a degree in Jazz studies.  While there he worked as a freelance musician, performing with small jazz groups and regional orchestras.  During this time he wrote and recorded his debut CD “Coffeepot.”

Once school was complete, Adams began a rambling lifestyle traveling all over the world.  During this time he began playing banjo on street corners.  He held down a month long stint at the Lonely Girl Beach Club on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand as well as various cafes and bars throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe.

Currently Adams lives in Fayetteville, AR where he maintains a busy schedule teaching, touring, and playing.  He is a member of local bluegrass favorites Arkansauce and Cutty Rye as well as the indy folk phenomenon Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds.  Find out more about these groups at...