2011 started a new decade with a bang. The year saw tragedies strike major populations, dictators overthrown, “occupy” redefined, and the casually pepper spray everything cop. As far as music goes, a lot happened too – pop became even more influenced by electronic, helping Adele sound that much better than her Top 40 contemporaries. Dubstep […]
I need to preface this article by saying this is less of a live show review and more of a commentary with my relationship to the music of Ryan Adams. Despite everything that has been said about the history of Adams, his musical output, and so-called artistic wrong turns; Ryan Adams is the reason I […]
Well, you did it. You made it through September. In a way, you made it through the “Monday” of the year. You’ve recovered from your 3 month break, and now are officially back into the swing of things. But, hey- at least you had one hell of a batch of tunes to help get you […]
Girl’s recent release Father, Son, Holy Ghost is a perfect example of the artistic light that so often tends to shine through amidst the darker times in one’s life. However, that’s not to say that all things great only come from troubled times. As stated before with Wilco’s recent releases, there is something beautiful that […]
Whatever emotional well that seemed to go untapped over the past few years for Ryan Adams, has recently broken open again revealing an emotional depth and strength in song writing that won him praise as the prodigy of alt-country. Title track, “Ashes & Fire” is no exception to the outstanding collection of teaser tracks from […]
It’s been long enough since we’ve heard some new studio recordings from the erratic but loveable Adams. I’m not counting the mountains of mediocre b-sides or his brief stint into death metal, but some actual music that makes me remember why the Heartbreaker record will forever remain above my bedpost. I’d be lying if I […]
Its been awhile since we’ve heard anything as haunting from Ryan Adams, as his recent cover of “Nutshell” by Alice In Chains. Foregoing the layers of overdone production that has plagued Adams’ recent albums, “Nutshell” brings him back to a time in his musical career where his ability to capture raw emotion was enough to […]
Ryan Adams - "New Song 1"
Ryan Adams - "New Song 2
Ryan Adams (w/ Emmylou Harris) - "Oh My Sweet Carolina"
Ryan Adams - "Everybody Knows"
Last Thursday some very fortunate Emmylou Harris fans got a surprise visit from an old friend at The El Rey, as Ryan Adams dropped by to do a secret opening set for the legendary songstress. Usually making a name as one of the busiest (sometimes craziest) names in folk music, Ryan has been noticeably quiet […]
Toby Burke is just my cup of tea, or I guess better said, just my bottle of beer. His sound is quiet and distant, reminiscent of the reverb drenched My Morning Jacket circa At Dawn. His voice is a beautiful blend of grit and southern draw with a strong lean towards Ryan Adams. His recently […]