Adam Baldwin: The Darkness Within Us

 In Ambassadors, Life is a Boot, Word of Foot

There is a darkness in all of us; this is something that Dartmouth artist Adam Baldwin wholly embraces in his music. His EP No Rest for the Wicked is a haunting telling of his relationship with himself, something that poured out of him when trying to come to terms with how and why his life spun out of control. It’s a raw, honest telling of life as we know it. Adam doesn’t bend reality to create a happy ending, instead he embraces the truth of his journey to figure out how to live with it.

For over fifteen years Adam has been honing his skills as a solo artist and as a part of Matt May’s band. Having shared the stage with musicians such as Blue Rodeo, July Talk and Sam Roberts Band, Adam is a musical force to be reckoned with. Using inspiration from the gritty streets of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to the serene emptiness of Lawrencetown Beach, Adam has created a unique story-telling of the honest struggles of everyday life.

Drawn to music from a young age, Adam admits that playing offers him an escape from “real life” and an intangible connection with other people. “My favourite part of my job is that when I’m performing, be it by myself or with my band, it never feels like work,” Adam shares. The connection with an audience during a show offers him peace, making him feel that all is right in the world and that he is exactly where he is supposed to be.

Adam shares, “I’m most inspired by my children, they give me plenty of reason to keep working as hard as I can on my art.” Family is important to Adam, which is why he struggles on long road trips or tours that require him to be away for weeks or months at a time. “I miss them terribly,” he says, sharing that he knows the pressure it puts on his partner. This is something he battles constantly.

Through his music he expresses his feelings and struggles honestly. Using this outlet has been a blessing for Adam, who shares that he connects most with artists who wears their emotions on their sleeve. Inspired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Blue Rodeo—to name a few—Adam is most interested in songs that come from the heart, the ones that can change the way a person feels and comfort them in the feelings they have. This is what he hopes people will get out of his music. Happy or sad, he hopes to evoke powerful emotions in his listeners, sharing that “it’s still a trip when I hear folks tell me when and where and why they’ve listened to anything I’ve written.”

The title track, No Rest for the Wicked, is Adam’s contribution to the Blundstone Playlist Volume 4. While the song doesn’t offer any resolution or happy ending to the conflict Adam faces, it’s about coming to terms with the uncertain future and offering hope within that uncertainty. Listen now to Adam Baldwin’s No Rest for the Wicked and let his soulful sound take you on a journey.

Join Adam every Friday night for a YouTube live stream called “Adam Baldwin’s Cross-Country Chin Up”.  Find the first seven editions (and counting) here:


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