Ryan Adams performs songs from “Prisoner” on Jimmy Fallon show

And the stream isn’t blocked in the UK for once. Morning! Rolling Stone reports: “Ryan Adams stopped by The Tonight Show Friday to perform a pair of tracks off his just-released LP Prisoner. “[Prisoner] got crazy good reviews. It is so good. Buy it, stream it, download it, whatever you can do with albums nowadays,” Jimmy Fallon said of Adams’ breakup album prior to the performance, with guest Joel McHale adding, “Steal it!”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams performs songs from “Prisoner” on Jimmy Fallon show”

Ryan Adams announces UK and Ireland Dates

We’d quibble maybe with NME’s use of the word “huge” here (although if Donald Trump was his tour manager he’d probably use the words “biggest ever!”) but they report:”Ryan Adams has announced details of a huge UK and Ireland tour. See full dates and ticket details below. Today sees the release of Adams’ acclaimed new album ‘Prisoner‘, and know he’ll be heading out on a huge UK jaunt kicking off in September and culminating in a huge night at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I don’t remember being aware of needing to hold back anything,” Adams told NME about the writing of the album.”I felt like I needed to tell a story – the story of how I felt or what was happening internally at least, in the truest way possible. It was in the most vulnerable way I could. I wanted to avoid feeling like playing guitar on a soapbox…like some f**king bulls**t about life pains. I don’t want to be that person and that’s not the point of what I’m trying to do.”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams announces UK and Ireland Dates”

Hear entire new Ryan Adams album “Prisoner” courtesy of NPR

Ryan Adams has a new album out later this week (which he believes will be better than his Whiskeytown output which he now describes as “pretty terrible”) and if you can’t wait until Friday, you can hear the whole thing now streaming online courtesy of NPR.  They report: “Musicians face many barriers to long careers, from shifting commercial whims to a cruel industry. One obstacle that doesn’t get discussed often enough is the simple aging process: If you get famous for songs you wrote as a 20-year-old, then you often have to either remain in a state of arrested development or find a way to get the public to grow — and grow up — with you.  Continue reading “Hear entire new Ryan Adams album “Prisoner” courtesy of NPR”

Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed”

Ryan Adams has written an op-ed for the New York Times recounting the “heckler” incident which happened back in 2002 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium when he was in the middle of performing Bartering Lines with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. “Sometime between the fifth and sixth songs, a warbly, cruel male voice yelled out a song request. The voice became louder and more frequent, even in the middle of a song during a hushed moment. It was impossible to ignore, being only one person up there onstage, two old-fashioned microphones turned up loud so I could play as quietly as I did. The voice got so loud that it was making its way into the mikes and shooting back to the audience. This dream show was turning into a fight to survive my own nerves.”   Continue reading “Ryan Adams on ‘Summer of 69’: “as fine a bridge as I have ever crossed””

Consequence of Sound ranks Ryan Adams’ albums from best to worst

This is quite an entertaining list if you have time to click through, although given how prolific he’s been over the years you may want to book the rest of the day off work. Consequence of Sound reports: “I’m not the first person to compare Ryan Adams to Neil Young (hi, Stephen King!), and I certainly won’t be the last. It’s not that their voices or personalities are all that similar — where Adams has an eccentric silliness to him, Young is just plain eccentric — or that they even appreciate the same music — Young has a genuine love for country; Adams hates the stuff, despite having recorded an endless amount of it. But their careers are astoundingly twin-like. Both found success in roots music and recorded some of their best work with a reliable, shaggy-dog backing band, only to alienate some of their stuffier fan base with a string of genre experiments. Critics have since warmed up to Young’s forays into jazz and rockabilly, but many still wince at Adams’ stab at metal, including us.  Continue reading “Consequence of Sound ranks Ryan Adams’ albums from best to worst”

Ryan Adams releases video for new single – Watch

Apologies if you’re sick of Ryan Adams news this week – there may be more to come to be fair – and today’s little four minute nugget is that he’s released the new music video for his song “Do You Still Love Me?” which is taken off his upcoming album Prisoner. The video is directed by Noah Abrams and features shots of Ryan working in the studio, as well as some footage captured during shows on his last tour including the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado is prominently featured. Ryan Adams recently announced new tour dates for 2017 and a box set for Prisoner that features a functioning play set stage. The new album is out February 17 via Pax Am/Blue Note.  Watch the video below.  Continue reading “Ryan Adams releases video for new single – Watch”

Ryan Adams covers Radiohead’s Karma Police

Ryan Adams. Remember those days when you’d nip to the fridge to grab a beer, you’d get back to your sofa and he’d have released a new album while you were gone?  Well, he’s getting prolific again!  Pitchfork reports: “On Saturday, Ryan Adams dropped by BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary show (with Jo Whiley filling in), where he talked and performed two songs: “Doomsday” and a cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” as Binaural points out. Listen here. He discusses and plays “Doomsday” around the 2:23:10 mark, before doing “Karma Police” at 2:33:15.   Continue reading “Ryan Adams covers Radiohead’s Karma Police”