Adam Frates writes music people can listen to at the beach to relax while hanging out with friends.
CARVER – Adam Frates writes music people can listen to at the beach to relax while hanging out with friends.
That’s the kind of music Frates, 33, enjoys, although his favorite music is reggae thanks to his father, Albert, and Bob Marley. A drummer, Albert introduced his son to music. Adam started playing guitar in sixth grade, and basically hasn’t put it down since. He takes it on hikes.
“As soon as I started listening to music with him, I was hooked,” he said. “It’s a great stress-relieving pastime.”
By night, at parties, or at neighborhood fundraisers, he plays out solo and with two different bands. By day, the 2001 Silver Lake graduate works as a funeral director for Shepherd Funeral Homes, his family business, with locations in Carver, Kingston and Pembroke.
He’s also singer and songwriter. Frates is working on a new 12-song CD around the release last year of his five-song CD “Brighter Days” featuring the laid-back, guitar on the beach music he most enjoys playing and he hopes his listeners find uplifting. He calls it feel-good music.
“I like to spread a positive message,” Frates said.
Frates and his wife, Samantha, recently welcomed 4-1/2-month-old daughter Maddison to the family. She’s his favorite audience, and he has lots of support from his best friend, Mike D’Andrea, and his tight-knit family including his mother, Janice, and sister, Sarah. Music has been good to him.
For the last eight years, he has been a member of Last Call, a winner of the Boston Hard Rock Café’s Battle of the Bands in 2014.
For the last two years, he and his brother, Andrew, have been playing with Whiskey Burn, a Southern country rock band that plays this Saturday, May 13, at the New World Tavern in Plymouth. Whiskey Burn will also play this year’s Carver Old Home Day.
He’s looking forward to getting back into the studio to record more music with other South Shore musicians. That’s something else he has enjoyed, getting to play music with so many different people, he said.
Frates likes sharing his passion for music, whether on his Facebook page, Adam Frates Acoustic JamZ, where he posts videos, or on local radio shows. Maybe some day he’ll get “the call,” but right now music is good to him.
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