My story is…..that I have no story, per se. I come from a solid family. It’s a point of pride. I grew up in the far west suburbs of Chicago. My folks weren’t rich, but there wasn’t much that I was left wanting. I’ve never been arrested. Always got good grades. I never developed any major drug addictions (at least, not yet). The only serious addiction in my life, if you’d like to call it that, has been with music. Let me bring you up to speed.
Piano at age 5.
Violin at age 9.
Guitar at age 11 after hearing Eddie Van Halen.
And that, as they say, is all she wrote.
I’ve been madly in love with it ever since.Growing up my ears were fortunate enough to be treated to a fairly eclectic musical mix: The Beatles, Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, The Band, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, CCR, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty. Even a healthy dose of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. A friend in my neighborhood used to make cassette mixes for me: The Who, They Might Be Giants, The Police, The Clash. I missed the grunge period, and it wouldn’t be until nearly a decade later that I’d discover the power of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Once I found the guitar, things focused in a touch. It wasn’t unusual for me to fall asleep at night to the sounds of guitar wizards like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. And the random Van Halen record was never far away.
Then there was the jazz period. Wes Montgomery. Joe Pass. George Benson. Charlie Christian. John Coltrane. Elvin Jones. McCoy Tyner. The things I learned from those guys. Man. It’s everything really. The spirit of jazz. The freedom of it. That’s been it’s great influence on me.
But I was always a rock ’n roll kid. Pete Townsend more than Pat Metheny. And, ultimately, I craved power chords over the complex harmonies of jazz.
High school was a weird time. I straddled the jock world, playing baseball, and the music world, as a member of the high school jazz band. Most mornings, after being dropped off by the bus, everyone would hang out in the lunchroom before first period. Not me. I’d head straight to a room adjacent to the school’s band rehearsal hall, writing music on the computer. Like I said, it was an addiction. Outside of school, I jammed in a duo with one of my best friend’s, who happened to be a fantastic drummer. We wrote all kinds of stuff. Lots of instrumental music (queue the Satriani). Recorded various demos. But neither of us sang. That made it hard to play out. And most of the other kids were interested in the classics: Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Stones. They weren’t interested in what we had going on.
So, like many of my heroes, I was a bit of a social outcast. That, if anything, was and has always been my struggle. Everyone has at least one. And I found my comfort, security and confidence in the world out on the fringe, populated by the misfits. The world of rock ’n roll.
Let Me Play My Old Guitar, and sing for you my song
Let Me Play My Old Guitar, and sing for you my song
I promise you my friend
I Will Not Do You Wrong
Doves and Wolves
Doves & Wolves started as a writing project between friends in the spring of 2013. Adam Anglin, who works for a local church as a music director, started collaborating with Dustin Peterson (drums), Ryan Day (guitar) and Micah Schmiedeskamp (bass). All of whom he had played music with in various projects since 2010. With backgrounds in metal, experimental post-rock, jazz, blues, folk, and country trying to land on a solidified musical direction became a process of exploration that lasted for almost 2 years. Adam played in Denver band, Brothers O’Hair, from 2009-2011 and took some time off to focus his creative efforts on the local church before writing songs for this, his latest project. They added their final member, Shawn Sandler formerly of The Denver Gentlemen, in the fall of 2014 as they headed into a studio to record their first EP. Working with some friends at a secluded studio in Evergreen, CO they started etching out the songs that would become their debut recording. Finding influence and inspiration in almost every genre has led them to a sound that covers a vast array of sonic landscapes but finds them most comfortably in the always easy-to-nail-down alt-country/dad rock/psych genre-ish.
2016 - Dustin and Micah stepped away from the project to focus on other creative endeavors and Jesse Cowan joined the band on drums.
About Their Self-Titled EP – Released March 2015
Doves & Wolves self-titled EP is a window into the world of feeling exposed, vulnerable, and insecure. Some felt and some fictionalized, these songs came from a place of reset and wanting to reconcile the past. “It’s a weird thing to meditate on what’s ailing you and then record it for everyone to hear," says vocalists/guitarist Adam Anglin about this EP.
The album is Adam’s first recording in almost 4 years and finds him in a much different place in life from his previous band. He’s married, owns a home, works for a church, and welcomed his first child into the world in the summer of 2013. “I want this project to reflect where I’m at now. In my previous project (Brothers O’Hair) it was always about creating fictionalized characters, stories, plot lines, etc. that moved people and made my own struggles invisible. I want to be ok with being a mess, having daddy issues, or feeling like no one likes you. I think that’s pretty normal.” These songs are about doubt and self-deception. Feeling known but only from a distance and wanting to run from all relationships. But they're also about commitment to your loved ones and redemption in the midst of uncertain times. “We wanted to make songs that stuck with people and resonated with where people go in their minds when no one is around. That quiet space when you’re feeling really insecure and vulnerable."