Daily Distraction: Watch an in-studio performance from Adam Remnant

Pause to take in a few songs from the former Southeast Engine frontman in a session for Hocking College's 'Live From Studio A' series

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Adam Remnant

I'm of the mind that singer and songwriter Adam Remnant is one of Ohio's criminally overlooked treasures. From his old Athens band, Southeast Engine, to his solo project, Remnant's artful lyricism and weathered voice subtly, consistently convey something revelatory about the human condition. These truths and observations burrow way down deep — not so much a gut punch; more like the slow, descending burn of a good whiskey. He does it casually, without pretense or ostentation, which makes it look and sound easy. (It's not.)

I was reminded of this when I watched a recent session Remnant recorded for Hocking College's "Live From Studio A" series (in conjunction with WLCI 97.5 LP-FM Hocking College Community Radio). The full session is about 11 minutes and features just Remnant's voice and acoustic guitar. Included in the set is "Don't Take Me for Granted," a song from Remnant's 2016 release, When I Was a Boy, and leads with this perfect stanza:

"I watch the daylight fade

I watch the seasons change

I see your face showing your age

as you stare off in the distance

I wonder what you’re thinking about

I wonder if you’ll ever figure out

the difference between

what you profess and what you exhibit"

Watch the full session below.