Folk vocalist/songwriter Adam F. Curley was inspired in learning to be a musician by his dad and two old brothers, most of whom performed and sang. He proved helpful within the Philadelphia region until 1975, after that traveled throughout the U.S. before settling in Houston in 1979. He relocated to Austin in 1980, and afterwards to Chicago. He generally performed cover materials until 1990, when he considered songwriting in earnest. In the wintertime of 2002-2003, he self-released his debut record, Tom’s Cafe, by himself Sidewalking Crab label. It included “Flies,” a melody that was a high Ten finalist within the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Competition within the children’s category.