Born James Wallace Adams and better known as Jay Boy Adams, this vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and master musical storyteller performed with the Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, and the Texas Tornados and released solo albums titled Jay Boy Adams (1977); Fork in the Road (1978); The Shoe Box (2007); and Let It Go (2014).
After briefly attending the University of North Texas, he formed a Houston band called Hayseed and went on to play with a group called The Chateau Club before returning to college at Texas Tech University.
He established a band called The Roadhouse Scholars and a tour bus leasing company called Roadhouse Transportation.
The son of a car salesman, he spent his early years in Colorado City, Texas. He later settled in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife Mary.
In his early years, Adams toured with Grammy-winning singer Joe Cocker.