Artist Spotlight:: Ryan Adams

I found myself pulling out a good one yesterday and felt inspired to ramble. I’m talking about Ryan Adams, who has been one of my favorites for years. I like his former band, the “critically acclaimed” Whiskeytown, but in my ears they don’t come even close to some of the stuff he has done since. His debut Heartbreaker, is by far my favorite, in terms of quality of songs and as a complete product. I love Cold Roses and much of his other stuff as well. The guy will be around a long time, and I have a feeling we haven’t seen his best yet. When he toured with Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead a couple of years ago I thought it was the coolest thing. That period seemed to have a good influence on his playing as I find there are a lot of trippy instrumental segways that didn’t really exist prior to his time with Phil.

So below is the link to a great sounding show from Indianapolis last August, and there are a bunch of highlights to look forward to hearing. He does some nice covers which you’ll have to discover yourself. One of my favorite moments is when he stops “Peaceful Valley” abruptly and says “yeah I wanted to shorten that one so I wouldn’t interrupt the conversation about sports that I could hear right in front of me while I was playing….”

There is nothing wrong with jamming, but you got to have songs, and this guy can write some songs.

I’ve added “Magnolia Mountain” and “Dear John” from this show to the player.


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