After early success a decade ago, new version of Adelayda making their way
by Erin Williams
Special to The Star
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Ten years ago, a group of four young musicians from Jefferson County packaged their creative talent into one group and formed the country rock band Adelayda.

Like any group, however, the band has endured success (being signed to a record deal just a few months into their bandship) and reformation (falling out in 2004 and bringing in different members), but the fearsome foursome, composed of singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeff Holmes; bass player Dave Mattson; drummer Dan Baker; and lead guitarist and vocalist Justin Gannon, is now older, wiser and back together and are touring and planning to release a new album this summer.

Before they take the stage tonight at The Smoking Moose, Jeff and Dave talked with The Star about going forward as unsigned artists, turning moments of doubt into great music, and why mangled phrases make the best band names.

Question: So it has been 10 years since you released your first EP — what was your goal when you first stepped on the music scene?

Dave: As a group, If I may speak for everyone else, we just wanted our music to be heard … by everyone! We all loved music and how it can have such an impact on people. We also wanted to experience the thrill that is playing music for a living.

Jeff: I don’t remember being at Disney when I was a kid, but I do remember driving to Florida, and the songs that played on the radio on our trip down. Music was a natural choice.

I never had a goal of fame or fortune. I just knew we had songs, we loved to play, and we thought the world should hear them.

Q: Tell me, what your new album will be like?

Jeff: The original album was about discovering love and loss, and it’s told from a younger person’s point of view. While the new material echoes a lot of those same themes, the delivery of that message has changed. It’s wiser and more introspective. There are still moments of doubt, and I think most everyone will relate.

Dave: We are excited about the new material we are producing. We are taking the personal and musical growth and writing the new material in a true collaborative approach. Over the last 10 years, we all have amassed a plethora of inspiration.

Q: So, what is the 2012 Adelayda like? What can we look forward to seeing and hearing from you this summer? What’s next for the group?

Dave: We will be starting a campaign to receive donations in order to produce our next EP. Please go to and “like” us to get updates on how you can contribute to the cause! If you make a contribution, you will get the digital album and if you contribute more … you’ll receive some “unique” Adelayda swag.

Q: What is the meaning behind your name, Adelayda?

Jeff: It’s a misread song lyric from a friend of mine. She sang the words ‘at a later’, as Adelayda once while driving in the car with Dan and I. We didn’t let her live it down, and after laughing for a few weeks about it, it just became part of our vernacular, so we kept it.

Q: What is it that makes you want to continue to record and perform music after 10 years?

Jeff: When you get the four of us in a room together, we become the same guys we were in our 20s. Same old jokes, same shenanigans and the same lust for music. I wouldn’t have it any other way, and that’s why we still do it.

Q: What is an Adelayda show like?

Jeff: Very energetic, and highly emotional. We were always a higher energy band (minus the mosh pit), but we always have had an ability to connect with listeners in a live setting. We always play our songs like they sound on the albums, so it’s always a fun experience for our fans.

Q: Knowing what you know now and having amassed the knowledge and experience behind being in a group, what would you tell your younger selves?

Jeff: No matter what happens, don’t let the “business” jeopardize what you set out to do, and who you set out to do it with.


Opening act, Double Wide Soul

Style of music: Country rock

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Smoking Moose, 1214 Noble St., Anniston

Cost: $10

Contact: 256-741-9300
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