The “It’s Not Always About You!” tour is a double bill show from singer-songwriters and multi- instrumentalists Adam Beattie and The Rail Abandon, producing a sound and collection of songs unexpected from two bearded men with guitars. Adam and The Rail Abandon’s Sonny Johns are also instrumentalists in Rough Trade Records most recent signing PicaPica, who have now combined forces to showcase their solo music projects.
Adam Beattie is a Scottish singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist and has released four albums of his own songs. Having roots in Scottish folk music, as well as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles, his music spans many genres and is tied together by Adam’s distinctive voice and narrative lyrics. Adam’s performances are as captivating with just voice and guitar as they are in his full band shows.
The Rail Abandon is the musical (dis)guise of Sonny Johns, Grammy, MOBO and Mercury nominated producer/engineer/musician. Grounded in the 1960s folk revival of John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, The Rail Abandon’s “Afrolktronica” incorporates influences of electronic music as well as the sound of West Africa – inspired by the musicians Sonny has worked with, including Ali Farke Toure, Fatoumata Diawara, Orchestra Baobab and Tony Allen.