Wolf Run to howl at Cornerstone

Adam Traum and friends on tap at marketplace.|

Those with a keen sense of hearing, and with their windows rolled down, might notice some good music coming from the marketplace known as Cornerstone Sonoma as they cruise along Arnold Drive. In addition to the winery tasting rooms, interesting shops and boutiques, and lots of good food, Cornerstone offers terrific live music on the weekends.

A new listening area with a nice stage for the musicians allows for a very satisfying experience. The most important part of that experience, of course, is the band, and Cornerstone has a nice lineup to offer this season.

Playing this Sunday, May 29 at noon is the local band called Wolf Run. Now a trio, Wolf Run consists of Adam Traum on guitar, Kendrick Freeman playing the drums, and Jack Hines thumpin’ the bass. While Freeman is fairly new to the band, Traum and Hines have been together for about a dozen years. “We still do duo gigs, but we thought we’d try a drummer. We both really love Kendrick’s drumming, so we brought him into the group,” said Traum.

Traum explained the genesis of the name: “We were talking about a name. Jack lives over by Wolf Run (a Glen Ellen vineyard), and it was on my mind. It stuck.” He continued, “It’s a really cool collaboration. Jack and Kendrick are such stellar players that it’s really fun for me…we are bringing a lot of my songs to life as a trio.”

The songs they play are a lot of Traum’s originals. Traum said, ”We also play some of Jack’s songs. He writes great songs. He is really turning into a fantastic writer.”

They also play some familiar cover songs and they often offer three-part harmonies. The song selection “really runs the gamut, from some folk-rock to some driving, fun tunes that are really fun to play that I haven’t had a chance to do in a long time,” according to Traum.

Traum continued to praise his bandmates, saying, “In addition to Jack and Kendrick being such talented players, they also bring in this vast experience. So, we are trying to make a sound that isn’t just cranking through the hits. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but

we are having a lot of fun creating out own expansive sound for this trio.”

Wolf Run plays several more times throughout the summer music series at Cornerstone. Hines and Traum play at Jack London Lodge on Thursday, June 2. Traum also has a few solo shows coming up. His schedule can be found at adamtraumguitar.com.

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