Adrian Krygowski: Roam
In August of 2011, Adrian Krygowski had a relatively normal life. He worked for a telecom giant in Northern Virginia, had a commute, and on the weekends he would travel the east coast with his aggressive folk music, making fans one-by-one and growing his dream. He also just finished recording his previous record, “Hope For Us.”
On that hot day in August, Verizon Communications union went on strike, and all office personnel were to report to union offices, to scab for those on strike, until further notice. Little did Adrian know Buffalo, NY turned to be the most violent work environment within Verizon, with more “incidents” between union and non-union employees than any other office. The threats of being run over by drunken union employees, non-entry of workspaces by force, being chased throughout town, and non-cooperation from unionized Buffalo Police Department, was more than Adrian bargained for in his career thus-far. In the evenings however, when everything was quiet, Adrian toted his guitar a mile through the streets of Buffalo until he reached his songwriting zen, an empty baseball diamond in pitch dark. It was over these four weeks, most every night, that Adrian wrote the bulk of his newest soul-driven and working-man record, “Roam”, a play on his temporary home’s namesake.
A year later, Adrian had left Verizon, moved to East Nashville Tennessee, and had 350 shows under his belt. New band members included Paul Niehaus on steel (Calexico, Justin Townes Earle), Jared Manzo on bass (Chris Scruggs), drummer Aaron Distler (Heypenny), Meredith Brown on fiddle (The Bard Owls), and St Louis/DC banjo king, Anders Fahey.
[via Team Clermont]