Northport musician Adam Hood is looking to take his "southern" style of music to new heights with the release of his new album set to debut this fall.

Hood, an Opelika native, has been a resident of Northport for 10 years. He said he began his music career as a child playing in his church's youth group.

At age 14, his mother secured him a music gig that opened Hood's eyes to what a future in music could look like.

"I played at an Opelika restaurant one Friday and Saturday night a month. I made $150, quit the football team and decided that was what I wanted to do for a living," Hood said.

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His initial playing gig landed him other opportunities to perform for private parties and at club dates, which landed him in Columbus, Georgia, where he recorded his first live show in 2000, which set him on the path to releasing his first album.

"In 2004, I took four of those original songs and recorded them in my buddy's studio and that got me to Los Angeles, where I made my first full-length album. That got me to Nashville," Hood said.

Hood said he considers his music 'southern-styled' with blues, country and gospel and honky-tonk aspects.

Hood is currently working on the promotion and release of his fifth full-length album, entitled, "Bad Days Better," which he plans to release in August or September. Hood said he recorded this album in August 2020 at Mercer Music at Capricorn, previously known as Capricorn Studios, in Macon, Georgia.

Hood's single from the album, "Harder Stuff," features country music star Miranda Lambert. The single was released on May 16.

Hood said he is excited to be featured at this year's first Live at the Plaza show, the city of Tuscaloosa's weekly summer concert series that will kick off this Friday night in Government Plaza.

Hood says he does not get many opportunities to perform locally so his ability to start the series off at this year's event is "special."

"The most exciting thing is that we get to play for my family; my wife's family is from Tuscaloosa and my adult daughter and two younger kids who don't get to come to my shows that much," Hood said. "Its nice to have an outdoor family and fun event that's free. It's pretty special to me."

Hood said the most rewarding part of his job is finishing a song and he hopes after doing music for 30 years, his music will "take off."

"I'm glad I'm in a place in my life where I can enjoy the creative process and playing for people," Hood said. "I haven't always felt that way so I'm looking forward to the future. I can't wait."

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