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Ryan Adams

Mixing the heartfelt angst of a singer/songwriter with the cocky brashness of a garage rocker, Ryan Adams is at once one of the few artists to emerge from the alt-country scene to achieve mainstream commercial success and the one who most strongly refused to be defined by the genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically while following his increasingly prolific muse. Adams was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1974. While country music was a major part of his family's musical diet when he was young (he's cited Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash as particular favorites), in his early teens Adams developed a taste for punk rock and began playing electric guitar.

At 15, Adams started writing songs, and a year later he formed a band called the Patty Duke Syndrome; Adams once described PDS as "an arty noise punk band," with Hüsker Dü frequently cited as a key influence and reference point. The Patty Duke Syndrome developed a following in Jacksonville, and when Adams was 19 the band relocated to the larger town of Raleigh, North Carolina in hopes of expanding its following. However, Adams became eager to do something more melodic that would give him a platform for his country and pop influences. In 1994, Adams left the Patty Duke Syndrome and formed Whiskeytown with guitarist Phil Wandscher and violinist Caitlin Cary. With bassist Steve Grothman and drummer Eric "Skillet" Gilmore completing the lineup, Whiskeytown (the name came from regional slang for getting drunk) released their first album, Faithless Street, on the local Mood Food label.

The album won reams of critical praise in the music press, and more than one writer suggested that Whiskeytown could do for the alt-country or No Depression scene what Nirvana had done for grunge. But by the time Whiskeytown had signed to a major label -- the Geffen-distributed imprint Outpost Records -- the band had undergone the first in a series of major personal shakeups, and in the summer of 1997, when Whiskeytown's Outpost debut, Stranger's Almanac, was ready for release, Adams and Wandscher were the only official members of the group left. Cary soon returned, but Wandscher left shortly afterward, and Whiskeytown had a revolving-door lineup for much of the next two years, with the band's live shows become increasingly erratic, as solid performances were often followed by noisy, audience-baiting disasters. Consequently, as strong as Stranger's Almanac was, Whiskeytown never fulfilled the commercial expectations created for them by others. In 1999, the band -- which was down to Adams, Cary, and a handful of session musicians -- recorded its third and final album, Pneumonia, but when Geffen was absorbed in a merger between PolyGram and Universal, Outpost was phased out, and the album was shelved; shortly afterward, Whiskeytown quietly called it quits.

Following Whiskeytown's collapse, Adams wasted no time launching a career apart from the band, and after a few solo acoustic tours, Adams went into a Nashville studio with songwriters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and cut his first album under his own name, Heartbreaker, which was released by pioneering "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records in 2000. The album received critical raves, respectable sales, and a high-profile endorsement from Elton John, and Adams was signed by Universal's new Americana imprint, Lost Highway Records. Lost Highway gave Whiskeytown's Pneumonia a belated release in early 2001, and later that same year the label released his second solo set, Gold, which displayed less of a country influence in favor of classic pop and rock styles of the 1970s. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the album's opening track, "New York, New York," was embraced by radio as an anthem of resilience (though it actually concerned a busted romance), and Adams once again found himself touted as "the next big thing."

Always a prolific songwriter, in a bit more than a year following Gold's release Adams had written and recorded enough material for four albums. He opted to whittle the 60 tunes down to a 13-song collection called Demolition, which was released in 2002 as he went into the studio to record his official follow-up to Gold. A year later, Adams' concept album Rock n Roll was released alongside the double-EP collection Love Is Hell. Tours around the globe kept Adams busy into the next year as he maintained momentum writing songs and keeping his ever-changing presence in the music press. In May 2005, Adams released his first of three albums for Lost Highway, the melancholic double-disc Cold Roses. Jacksonville City Nights, a more classic-sounding honky tonk effort, followed in September, and 29 appeared in late December. Always prolific, in the interim period before his next album was released Adams posted a large selection of tracks -- including several hip-hop tunes -- on his website, but fans were greeted with more straightforward material on 2007's Easy Tiger and 2008's Cardinology with the Cardinals.

Adams decided to disband the Cardinals in 2009, precipitating an unusual period of quiet from the prolific singer/songwriter. He slowly returned to active duty in 2010, releasing the heavy metal Orion on vinyl-only in the summer and then issuing III/IV -- a double album recorded with the Cardinals during the Easy Tiger sessions -- in November. For his 13th solo album, 2011's Ashes and Fire, the singer/songwriter recruited Norah Jones and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' keyboard player Benmont Tench, as well as legendary producer Glyn Johns, who had helmed the Who classic Who's Next.

Following Ashes and Fire, Adams' musical career was temporarily put on hold while he suffered from an inner-ear disorder, which resulted in a collection of canceled shows. However, after hypnotherapy treatment, Adams began writing music again. As he worked on a new collection of original songs in his L.A. Pax-Am studios with guitarist/producer Mike Viola, Adams also spent time producing other artists; he helmed Fall Out Boy's hardcore punk 2013 EP Pax-Am Days and Jenny Lewis' lush 2014 LP, The Voyager. As it turned out, Adams released his own variations on these themes in the fall of 2014. First was a 7" EP called 1984, which deliberately evoked the loud, fast punk-pop of Hüsker Dü and the Replacements; then there was the gorgeous polish of Ryan Adams, his first album for Blue Note. Ryan Adams debuted at number four upon its September 2014 release, marking his highest-ever position on the Billboard 200. He quickly followed Ryan Adams with Live at Carnegie Hall, a double-disc live set, in April 2015. That live album was soon eclipsed by the news that Adams was covering Taylor Swift's 2014 album 1989 in full, designing it as something of a sad-rock sequel to Love Is Hell. Adams' 1989 arrived to a flurry of interest in September 2015 and saw a physical release the following month. Adams spent 2016 quietly, emerging at the end of the year to announce the release of the full-length Prisoner. Preceded by the singles "Do You Still Love Me?" and "To Be Without You," Prisoner appeared in February of 2017. ~ Mark Deming
full bio

Selected Discography


Track List: Prisoner B-Sides

1. Where Will You Run?

2. Juli

3. Are You Home?

4. No Words

5. Halo

6. It Will Never Be The Same

7. What If We're Wrong

8. Broken Things

9. Stop You

10. Hanging On To Hope

11. Let It Burn

12. Crazy Now

13. You Said

14. Please Help Me

15. Too Tired To Cry

16. Stop Talking

17. The Empty Bed


Track List: Prisoner

1. Do You Still Love Me?

2. Prisoner

3. Doomsday

4. Haunted House

5. Shiver And Shake

6. To Be Without You

7. Anything I Say To You Now

8. Breakdown

9. Outbound Train

10. Broken Anyway

11. Tightrope

12. We Disappear


Track List: Doomsday (Single)

1. Doomsday


Track List: To Be Without You (Single)

1. To Be Without You


Track List: Do You Still Love Me? (Single)

1. Do You Still Love Me?


Track List: 1989

1. Welcome To New York

2. Blank Space

3. Style

4. Out Of The Woods

5. All You Had To Do Was Stay

6. Shake It Off

7. I Wish You Would

8. Bad Blood

9. Wildest Dreams

10. How You Get The Girl

11. This Love

12. I Know Places

13. Clean


Track List: Bad Blood (Single)

1. Bad Blood


Track List: Willow Lane (Single)

1. Willow Lane


Track List: Willow Lane

1. Willow Lane

2. Yes Or Run

3. Red Hot Blues


Track List: Burn In The Night

1. Burn In The Night

2. Cop City

3. Look In The Mirror


Track List: Ten Songs From Live At Carnegie Hall

1. Oh My Sweet Carolina (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/15/2014)

2. Nobody Girl (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/15/2014)

3. New York, New York (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/15/2014)

4. Sylvia Plath (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/15/2014)

5. This Is Where We Meet In My Mind (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/15/2014)

6. My Wrecking Ball (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/17/2014)

7. Gimme Something Good (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/17/2014)

8. How Much Light (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/17/2014)

9. Kim (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/17/2014)

10. Come Pick Me Up (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/17/2014)


Track List: I Do Not Feel Like Being Good

1. I Do Not Feel Like Being Good

2. How Much Light

3. In The Dark


Track List: Live At Carnegie Hall

Disc 1

1. Gimme Something Good (Live)

2. Oh My Sweet Carolina (Live)

3. Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)(Live)

4. My Winding Wheel (Live)

5. Trouble (Live)

6. Nobody Girl (Live)

7. Off Broadway (Live)

8. Halloween (Live)

9. New York, New York (Live)

10. Please Do Not Let Me Go (Live)

11. Rats In The Wall (Live)

12. Why Do They Leave? (Live)

13. Sylvia Plath (Live)

14. Crossed Out Name (Live)

15. This Is Where We Meet In My Mind (Live)

16. If I Am A Stranger (Live)

17. Amy (Live)

18. English Girls Approximately (Live)

19. Avenues (Live)

20. Come Pick Me Up (Live)

Disc 2

1. Oh My Sweet Carolina (Live)

2. My Winding Wheel (Live)

3. Dirty Rain (Live)

4. My Wrecking Ball (Live)

5. New York, New York (Live)

6. Friends (Live)

7. Am I Safe (Live)

8. Ashes & Fire (Live)

9. Gimme Something Good (Live)

10. Why Do They Leave? (Live)

11. Off Broadway (Live)

12. The Hardest Part (Live)

13. The Rescue Blues (Live)

14. Lucky Now (Live)

15. Dear Chicago (Live)

16. Desire (Live)

17. How Much Light (Live)

18. Firecracker (Live)

19. Kim (Live)

20. Call Me On Your Way Back Home (Live)

21. Black Sheets Of Rain (Live)

22. Come Pick Me Up (Live)


Track List: Come Pick Me Up (Alternate Take) / When The Rope Gets Tight

1. Come Pick Me Up (Alternate Take)

2. When The Rope Gets Tight


Track List: Blue Light (Single)

1. Blue Light

2. On My Life

3. I Lost My F**king Mind


Track List: Kim (Live At Carnegie Hall 11/17/2014) (Explicit) (Single)


Track List: No Shadow (Single)

1. No Shadow

2. It's In My Head

3. Stoned Alone


Track List: Do You Laugh When You Lie?

1. Do You Laugh When You Lie?

2. By The Way

3. I'm In Love With You


Track List: Vampires (Paxam Singles Series Volume 3)

1. Vampires

2. Magic Flag

3. Clown Asylum

4. Suburbia


Track List: Ryan Adams

1. Gimme Something Good

2. Kim (Explicit)

3. Trouble

4. Am I Safe

5. My Wrecking Ball

6. Stay With Me

7. Shadows

8. Feels Like Fire (Explicit)

9. I Just Might

10. Tired Of Giving Up

11. Let Go


Track List: Tired Of Giving Up (Single)

10. Tired Of Giving Up


Track List: 1984 (Paxam Singles Series Volume 1)

1. When The Summer Ends

2. What If You Were Wrong

3. Over And Over

4. Change Your Mind

5. Broken Eyes

6. Why Did They Leave You Alone

7. Rats In The Wall

8. Bones And Ash

9. Wolves

10. Push It Away

11. Look In The Mirror


Track List: My Wrecking Ball (Single)

1. My Wrecking Ball


Track List: Gimme Something Good (Single)

1. Gimme Something Good


Track List: Ashes & Fire

1. Dirty Rain

2. Ashes & Fire

3. Come Home

4. Rocks

5. Do I Wait

6. Chains Of Love

7. Invisible Riverside

8. Save Me

9. Kindness

10. Lucky Now

11. I Love You But I Don't Know What To Say


Track List: Follow The Lights

1. Follow The Lights

2. My Love For You Is Real

3. Blue Hotel

4. Down In A Hole

5. This Is It [cardinals Version]

6. If I Am A Stranger [live Studio Recording]

7. Dear John [live Studio Recording]


Track List: Easy Tiger

1. Goodnight Rose

2. Two

3. Everybody Knows

4. Halloweenhead

5. Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.

6. Tears Of Gold

7. The Sun Also Sets

8. Off Broadway

9. Pearls On A String

10. Rip Off

11. Two Hearts

12. These Girls

13. I Taught Myself How To Grow Old


Track List: 29

1. Twenty Nine

2. Strawberry Wine

3. Nightbirds

4. Blue Sky Blues

5. Carolina Rain

6. Starlit Diner

7. The Sadness

8. Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part

9. Voices


Track List: Easy Plateau


Track List: Love Is Hell

1. Political Scientist

2. Afraid Not Scared

3. This House Is Not For Sale

4. Anybody Wanna Take Me Home

5. Love Is Hell

6. Wonderwall

7. The Shadowlands

8. World War

9. Avalanche

10. My Blue Manhattan

11. Please Do Not Let Me Go

12. City Rain, City Streets

13. I See Monsters

14. English Girls Approximately

15. Thank You Louise

16. Hotel Chelsea Nights


Track List: Moroccan Role - EP

1. Ah, Life

2. I'm Coming Over

3. Don't Even Know Her Name


Track List: Love Is Hell Pt. 2

1. My Blue Manhattan

2. Please Do Not Let Me Go

3. City Rain, City Streets

4. I See Monsters

5. English Girls Approximately

6. Thank You Louise

7. Hotel Chelsea Nights


Track List: Love Is Hell Pt. 1

1. Political Scientist

2. Afraid Not Scared

3. This House Is Not For Sale

4. Love Is Hell

5. Wonderwall

6. The Shadowlands

7. World War 24

8. Avalanche


Track List: Rock N Roll

1. This Is It

2. Shallow

3. 1974

4. Wish You Were Here

5. So Alive

6. Luminol

7. Burning Photographs

8. She's Lost Total Control

9. Note To Self: Don't Die

10. Rock N Roll

11. Anybody Wanna Take Me Home

12. Do Miss America

13. Boys

14. The Drugs Not Working


Track List: Demolition

1. Nuclear

2. Hallelujah

3. You Will Always Be The Same

4. Desire

5. Cry On Demand

6. Starting To Hurt

7. She Wants To Play Hearts

8. Tennessee Sucks

9. Dear Chicago

10. Gimme A Sign

11. Tomorrow

12. Chin Up, Cheer Up

13. Jesus (Don't Touch My Baby)


Track List: Gold

Disc 1

1. New York, New York

2. Firecracker

3. Answering Bell

4. La Cienega Just Smiled

5. The Rescue Blues

6. Somehow, Someday

7. When The Stars Go Blue

8. Nobody Girl

9. Sylvia Plath

10. Enemy Fire

11. Gonna Make You Love Me

12. Wild Flowers

13. Harder Now That It's Over

14. Touch, Feel & Lose

15. Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues

16. Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd

Disc 2

1. Rosalie Come And Go

5. Cannonball Days


Track List: Heartbreaker

1. (Argument With David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey)

2. To Be Young

3. My Winding Wheel

4. Amy

5. Oh My Sweet Carolina

6. Bartending Lines

7. Call Me On Your Way Back Home

8. Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)

9. Come Pick Me Up

10. To Be The One

11. Why Do They Leave?

12. Shakedown On 9th Street

13. Don't Ask For The Water

14. In My Time Of Need

15. Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)


Track List: Heartbreaker (Deluxe Edition)

1. (Argument With David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey)

2. To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)

3. My Winding Wheel

4. Amy

5. Oh My Sweet Carolina

6. Bartering Lines

7. Call Me On Your Way Back Home

8. Damn. Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)

9. Come Pick Me Up

10. To Be The One

11. Why Do They Leave?

12. Shakedown On 9th Street

13. Don't Ask For The Water

14. In My Time Of Need

15. Sweet Lil Gal (23rd / 1st)

16. Hairdresser On Fire Jam (Outtake)

17. To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) [Outtake]

18. Petal In A Rainstorm (Outtake)

19. War Horse (Outtake)

20. Oh My Sweet Carolina (Outtake)

21. Come Pick Me Up (Outtake)

22. Punk Jam (Outtake)

23. When The Rope Gets Tight (Alternate Outtake)

24. When The Rope Gets Tight (Outtake)

25. Goodbye Honey (Album Bonus Track)

26. In My Time Of Need (Outtake)

27. Bartering Lines (Demo)

28. Come Pick Me Up (Demo)

29. To Be The One (Demo)

30. Don't Ask For The Water (Demo)

31. In My Time Of Need (Demo)

32. Goodbye Honey (Demo)

33. Petal In A Rainstorm (Demo)

34. War Horse (Demo)

35. Locked Away (Outtake)


Track List: ITunes Session

1. Dirty Rain (ITunes Session)

2. Oh My Sweet Carolina (ITunes Session)

3. Lucky Now (ITunes Session)

4. Houses On The Hill (ITunes Session)

5. Black Sheets Of Rain (ITunes Session)

6. Chains Of Love (ITunes Session)

7. Ashes & Fire (ITunes Session)

8. My Winding Wheel (ITunes Session)


Track List: Lucky Now (Single)

1. Lucky Now


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Love this man's music! He's a maven. Every album's different. F**king genius!
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mike viola IS a very predominant aspect of ryan adams show, mentioning 'neal' w/ the cardinals WAS necessary as he was, along w/ every other cardinal, essentially part of the parcel= this cover of the whiskey town story lacks edification for the importance of LABEL in this terrifically original music genre. it this: it isn't bought and sold. NEW YORK, this chapter of the nyc adams story was not specifically around a relationship other than that the (writer) was on about the character of n
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Ryan Adams is a musical genius
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Covering Swifts album was done well, but why? Why taylor swift?
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1989 .....brillia n t
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Get off
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I'm not having any of this poseur angst/grunge noise. Thumbs down losers
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love ryan adams, talented guy
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I want to write with him.....
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God he's a great songwriter !
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:) :)
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Okay , a little too hard edged for me Oh , I graduated high school in 1989 .....
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Five Star Song! ***** Btw, Taylor Swift sucks!
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exquisite_so l a c e
Not digging the 1989 covers...
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abernicereis k i n
Taylor Swift's is SOOOOOO much better.
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totally downloading this album and Taylor's. Brilliant!
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rjc1168 o o much feeling....c o u l d make a crocodile have sensitive skin!
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totally one of my top 5's !
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Hey, I'd love to see that comic book. Also becoming my favorite living artist. My 25 year old son and myself both agree. Like his lyrics that sound like casual conversation , with a punch.
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Easily my favourite artist of all time. What an incredible songwriter and musician who is totally under appreciated and that makes me sad. Cnt tell you how excited i am for his comic book to come out haha :)
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@cjthomas636 please stfu...
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only an a**hole hangs an american flag upside down for personal gain, what a dick
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Love this tune....
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I met him a few years ago before his show in Ann Arbor. What a cool guy. He took a couple of minutes to speak with us and even signed my ticket for the show that night! Pretty awesome dude!
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davenportjr. m i k e
I like Ryan, he's one of those that are hard to categorize, he's gone a little country as he as aged, which only makes sense. The garage days were the most fun, but energy starts running low and that's when the real feelings start to shine. I was probably my rowdiest when he started to settle down, so we're not keeping pace, as he is a little older than I in sight and mind.
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If you think he is rude to his audience while on stage: I've seen people yell at the performer, throw things at them, & just be annoying a**holes who do not want to listen b/c they have the attention span of a flea & cannot or will not be still & silent & enjoy the process of opening up their minds to what a performer is sharing with them. Maybe they are not 'true fans'- just a tag along to someone who wants to be there. Think what it must feel like for him... to have at least 1 at every show.
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@jeff gray: I like Conor Oberst too, but this is the Ryan Adams artist page and no one is a modern day Dylan... simply because most of these songwriters are largely ignored in a way that Dylan never was... Dylan was seen as someone with all the answers to everything by fans and media. No one does that to Conor or Ryan... I'm a big fan of each of them though.
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Coner oberst is the modern day Dylan !!!!
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Always liked this cat, he is no Jason Molina but he is still pretty rad!!!
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He may be a pain in the butt to those who know him, but he writes and plays some great music.
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A stone cold genius. One of the greatest songwriters of his generation. He seems like a genuine throwback. A troubadour out of his time, singing like the old timers did. Beautiful, sullen, joyous, melancholy.. . all at once
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He writes great songs and sings a bunch of them at his shows. So maybe he gets a little snarky on stage. So do some of his songs. I've been going to Dylan shows for decades and only 1 in 5 are any good, but WOW!, when they're good, it's magic. I haven't seen Adams enough to be able to say the same thing, but he seems to be cut from the same cloth. Cut the guy some slack. If you want to hear very polished tunes, and the ones you want to hear, then stay at home, select the track and enjoy
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I saw him several years ago in Minneapolis. Mesmerizing in the way that Dylan had been in an earlier concert. He was really wonderful to the audience- funny, generous, energetic. Why an audience expects an artist to play hits is beyond me. They do these concerts night after night and it is deadening to the creative spirit to play or do one's art in a prescribed manner. Yeah he's brash or was but I loved that in him. He played Blue twice and had the lights turned down with the disco ball. Magical
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love this song Easy Plateau
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@davecasty, so agree with this! : 1) One of the best songwriters of our day. 2) He's too good to be classified. 3) He's an amazing talent 4) He's pure emotion
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To those who think he should play his "hits" at his live sessions you obviously don't understand the art's so just b quite stop going to shows until u open urself up. Thank u
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@rock25: I think the comments are misleading. I have seen him live several times and each concert is a wonderful experience, but you have to be willing to listen to what he wants you to hear. Adams does not tolerate fans shouting out requests for his radio hits. If all you want to hear are his hits, then don't go to a show. If you want to hear Adams at his best and completely unhindered then by all means buy a ticket and enjoy!
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@ michael06060 : you assume the two are mutually exclusive...
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The comments about him being kind of an a-hole in concert just make me sad..I adore his music, as all his fans do, but doesnt he realize that the way he treats the audience isn't cool like maybe he thinks it is? WTF, like someone here said we pay way too much for concerts these days as it is and then to be made to feel like we're just bothering him by making him get out of bed go to work??? Maybe he needs some therapy or at least a reality check! I've never seen him live and dont think I want to
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Friend saw him SF. In middle of his argument with his label about whether he was country enough. Out on stage by himself with just a guitar, playing twang, turning up the lights every 15 min or so to see who left. After an hour and a half, saw half the crowd was gone, came out with a bunch of local musicians and played an hour past curfew, refusing to get off the stage until they were done. 4 hour show, and a douche? Or he just wants to play for people who appreciate who he really is?
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awesome singer songwriter. saw two of his concerts--on e great, one not so much. that's what you get with him i guess. i hear his shows as of late have been a lot better. i guess married life must agree with him.
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who cares if he is a douche bag? Listen to the music...clos e your eyes........ i t s brilliant
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Who is Jay Navarre? Do you mean Jay Farrar?
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@micdig - that is why I included Jay Navarre. He most definitely was not in Wilco.
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@Davecasty - good points. Ryan Adams definitely has his own style and he is a phenomenal talent. Unfortunatel y , both he and Jeff Tweedy also share a reputation for being total douchebags, as evidenced in some of the posts here. It doesn't diminish the talent, but it certainly makes me less likely to pay good money to go see them.
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I've seen Ryan Adams in concert and have heard tales from a very big fan of Ryan Adams who has seen in concert several times. My experience was a big negative - very petulant performer, not appreciative of his audiences. My friend had prepared me, as he has seen RA's semi-tantrum s in performance, but I was still was appalled how disrespectfu l l y he treated his audience. The guys may be a musical genius but he needs a serious 'get-over-yo u r s e l f ' slap upside the head.
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I love Ryan Adams, but not a big fan of his new CD, at least not yet. Maybe I need to hear it a few more times =)
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There are some songs that Ryan sings that remind me of Neil Young...I just love him...Will always be a fan.
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A trivial debate but....Uncle Tupelo were the fathers of No Depression Rock (Alt Country)...n o t Wilco (some of the same players but different band). Ryan Adams great albums but saw him in concert once and it may have been the worst performance of any show I've ever seen. Literally. Maybe it was just a bad night? I heard he was struggling with hearing problems at the time so maybe this affected his ability to perform.
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Though Whiskeytown was more rooted in country, Ryan started experimentin g with the hybrid of rock and country w/ Whiskeytown before he went solo. Anyway, this article will plead ur case: http://www.a v c l u b . c o m / a r t i c l e s / j e f f - t w e e d y , 6 2 7 6 4 / Claims Jeff as a pioneer of alt country in the late 80s. Good to know. Ryan is still the man and u could say he mastered or re-invented the genre!
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