Adam Michael Rothberg’s music captures the heart and soul and all the folk-rock-pop and the appeal of the great songwriters of the ’60s, ’70s and beyond, while happily occupying his a style and genre all his own. He plays everything from guitars, bass and mandolin to keyboards and drums. He has performed with Joan Baez and produced and recorded with some of the nation’s top singer-songwriter talents, including Dar Williams.
His third studio album Soul of a Man, named for the Blind Willie Johnson song, which Adam delivers in style, is a collection of ten carefully crafted songs. Adam touches on a wide range of universal themes from love and death, to failed dreams and a great appreciation for life—at home and away, all with vision and a fresh voice. Featured on the album are some of the Boston area’s finest musicians, including drummer Dave Mattacks, knows for his work with Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Paul McCartney, XTC, and so many more, multi-instrumentalist Andy Santospago, percussionist Fabio Pirozzolo, clarinetist Mark Chenevert, bassist Paul Kochanski, and more.
Soul of a Man is the culmination of Adam’s harrowing journey being treated for and recovering from a rare and potentially life-threatening cancer diagnosed in 2013. And that is what makes this beautifully lyrical and melodic album possibly his most personally significant work to date. Over a 2-year period, Rothberg’s sole focus was dealing with treatment and related fallout during which time “It was all-too easy to feel like a victim,” he said. But today Rothberg feels like a survivor. He is back on his feet, and delighted to be back in the studio and on stage.
Adam has performed and shared stages in a number of roles with artists including Joan Baez, Cowboy Junkies, Duncan Sheik, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhart, Victoria Williams and Mark Olson, Sloan Wainwright, Meg Hutchinson, and Amy Speace, among so many others. He produced Dar William’s seminal album The Honesty Room and produced, engineered, sang and played acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and keyboards, and arranged strings for the 2011 comeback CD Gypsy Girl by Kat Goldman. In addition, he performed on 2015 indie releases from award-winning songwriter Rj Cowdery (Something Fine) and Bethel Steele (Shadows and Light).
He creates custom music for film and video and is working his next studio album as well as on a collection of instrumental music for alternative health practitioners. Adam also is well known for his work in children’s music, particularly his recordings and performances with Boston-based artist Vanessa Trien.