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Eileen JoyceTodd Roper (left), Ehren Haas and Adam Kline of Golden Shoulders rehearse songs from their new album in Nevada City last week.
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Although guitarist-singer-songwriter Adam Kline doesn’t really believe it, his fan base could soon expand from a loyal hometown Nevada County base to include listeners from throughout the West Coast.

The expansion would be a result of Kline’s Golden Shoulders debut CD on Sacramento indie label Doppler Records, “Let My Burden Be,” to be released nationwide Tuesday.

Friends and industry representatives of Doppler Records partners Victor Damiani and Keara Fallon who have heard the CD expect it will do well.

“In New York, the South and L.A., their initial reaction is, ‘This is one of the best indie records we’ve heard all year,'” said Fallon, who has played the CD for about 10 industry reps.

That’s music to Damiani’s ears.

“It doesn’t surprise me. I think a lot of people will be saying that,” said Damiani, formerly a bass player with Cake and now with Deathray, a successful regional band, since 1998.

” ‘Let My Burden Be’ is different. Adam’s songwriting is just incredible. Songwriting is so strong, that’s the strength of it,” said Damiani, who listened to Kline’s demo recorded on an 8-track recorder repeatedly.

Kline, in his usual humble manner, is not so sure the CD will take off.

“I’m not expecting the album to do great; 300 more albums are coming out the same day, so much competition,” Kline said. “I’m trying to be positive but realistic.”

Notwithstanding Kline’s legitimate concerns, Damiani and Fallon are putting together a full club schedule to promote “Let My Burden Be.” The kickoff begins Saturday with a CD-release party at Cooper’s in Nevada City.

“Golden Shoulders’ schedule will be picking up,” Kline said. “Victor’s goal is something ridiculous, like 12 shows a month.”

Actually, Damiani would like the number to be higher and is busy scheduling gigs across the state. In January, Golden Shoulders goes on a West Coast college tour. Damiani is also trying to book Deathray and Golden Shoulders in a Doppler Records showcase at the prestigious South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, in March.

“Adam is at the beginning of a long and successful career,” Fallon said. “The CD will definitely take him out of Nevada City…”

Even if Golden Shoulders becomes to Nevada City what Papa Roach is to Vacaville (i.e., bringing the respective hometowns fame), and there’s a really good chance, area fans don’t need to worry: Kline has no desire to move.

“I’m prepared to tour; I’m not prepared to leave Nevada City. I’m too comfortable here,” said Kline, 24, who has lived here for 22 years.

“I’ve never put a lot of thought into what will happen with the future,” Kline said. “Right now I’m focusing on now, doing my best, hoping it goes well.” Hoping I’m doing something that makes me happy.”

That’s why he never entertained dreams of becoming a “rock star” when he was in his first band, Badical Turbo Radness, in 1994 while a student at Nevada Union High School, or with the Gears, a popular Nevada County trio performing Beatlesque pop- rock style originals Kline wrote from 1998 to 2001.

“Music was always something I did for fun,” he said. “Still is. I’m not making a living off it. If it stopped being fun, I’d stop doing it. It’s really a lot of fun; I get to play with a lot of great musicians.”

“I never set up to write a specific song, it just happens,” Kline said. “I’ll sit down with a guitar, strum, a melody will occur, I’ll write lyrics afterwards.”

Although he began playing guitar in 1998, Kline considers himself a beginner who’s had lots of luck.

“I play left-handed and upside down,” he said. He taught himself guitar because potential teachers “were given a headache” trying to teach him.

For the”AWAKENING Peace Vigil” on Oct. 10, Kline set his alarm for 5:30 a.m. so he could perform a couple of songs at Miners Foundry Cultural Center at 5:35 a.m. The Foundry is two blocks away from his home. With his hair not fully combed, he played for about 10 minutes then walked back home and caught another hour or two of sleep.

This is what I do,” Kline explained. “I like to play music. If I help one person, then I’ve done my job.”

3 local gigs promote CD

This week, Adam Kline started promoting his Golden Shoulders1 3Let My Burden Be² at Northern California clubs and on area radio stations.

The CD, which will be released Tuesday, took six months to make.

3I1m pleased with the album. I think it sounds great. I brought in a lot of musicians, friends and musical heroes, guys I1ve admired,² said Kline. He formed Golden Shoulders to play with a rotating lineup of friends when his Gears band broke up about two years ago.

Musicians on 3Let My Burden Be² include Rusty Miller of Jackpot and Todd Roper, Greg Brown and Victor Damiani, formerly of Cake and now in Deathray. Klein1s Nevada County musician friends on the CD include Joanna Newsom, Brett Shady and Rich Good. Former Gears Kline, Jason Graham and Neal Morgan play together on a few songs.

3If everyone in Nevada County can buy 10,000 CDs, I can retire,² Kline joked. 3I1ll still play music.²

The Nevada County dates are 9 p.m. Saturday in a CD-release party for ages 21 and over at Cooper1s; and two free half-hour and all-ages appearances Tuesday at Record Connection at 5 p.m. and Herb Shop Records at 6 p.m.

Other Northern California CD-release parties are Oct. 26 with Forever Goldrush at Old Ironsides in Sacramento and Oct. 27 at the Makeout Room in San Francisco.


WHAT: Adam Kline1s Golden Shoulders CD debut

WHEN: Saturday at 9 p.m. for ages 21 and over. Tuesday1s all ages shows are at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

WHERE: Saturday at Cooper1s, 235 Commercial St., Nevada City. Tuesday1s 5 p.m. show at Record Connection, 455 Sutton Way, Grass Valley; Tuesday1s 6 p.m. show at Herb Shop Records,1151Z2 S. Pine St., Nevada City.

ADMISSION: $5 at Cooper1s, free on Tuesday

INFO: Cooper1s at 265-0116, Record Connection at 272-7434 and Herb Shop Records at 265-3090

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