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Brian Smith, left, and The Adam Craig band play The Hard Rock Cafe's NW Stars of Country showcase on Friday, Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m.

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The Adam Craig Band -- Featuring Jimi Hendrix -- Is the Perfect Example of Why Every Band Should Be Named After a Musician

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Brian Smith, left, and The Adam Craig band play The Hard Rock Cafe's NW Stars of Country showcase on Friday, Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m.
UPDATE: The Seattle Times is reporting that the most popular name for newborn girls in 1980 was Jennifer.

One of my best friends in college was a Spokane kid named Brian Smith. Brian had one of the best party moves of them all. "Guys," he told us one night, "One out of four girls born in our generation was named Jen. So, here's what you do: Walk up to a group of girls and say, 'Jen!' like you haven't seen her in a long time." Yes, we thought the same thing: What if none of them are named Jen? "No, no, no, no," he'd reply to the group, "I'm Jen's BROTHER!" At that point he was in, as their friend Jen's brother. Everyone has at least three friends named Jen.

I know this sounds crazy, but it worked. I saw him do it at least once. What was crazier is that for at least the last two years at school he had his post-collegiate career worked out: Move to Nashville and get a job playing drums in a country band. Crazier still is that it worked.

He'd barely unpacked his bags when he got a call about a touring band that needed a drummer. Several years and laps around the country later, his band, Telluride, charted a song, "Stay," on Billboard's country singles chart this year. Then, conveniently, they were contacted by a guy who played in a band called, yes, Telluride, in the '70s. A lawsuit ensued. Time for a name change.

"We just couldn't afford to keep fighting it," Brian told me this afternoon. "It was just like, well, you can't sue Adam Craig for being Adam Craig. And besides, The Eagles was already used."

"The Eagles was already used," Brian? Somebody's been listening to their publicist!

Adam Craig is the band's lead singer. I know bands are typically named after lead singers, but this time it was almost out of necessity as most of the other band members' names were taken. There's got to be a Brian Smith Band out there somewhere. And the band's bassist, Jimi Hendrix (real name)? We're pretty sure there's some trouble down that rabbit hole.

At any rate, the real Adam Craig Band is playing The Hard Rock Cafe on Friday night, where they'll be selling their new, self-titled EP for the first time. It's sure to be the perfect gift for fans of modern country, Telluride, Jimi Hendrix, and women named Jen.

 
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