Rock and roll singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a brand new love song called “Baby I Love You.” The track, which you can listen to below, jangles like The Posies and Big Star, with church bell accents and a big chorus. But Ryan Adams being Ryan Adams, it flips the scripts just a bit — so instead of a saccharine, lovey-dovey outlook, its lyrics come off like a story of desperation, even with the big uplift of the chorus. Continue reading →
Ryan Adams has been making the late night rounds in support of his latest Prisoner LP, stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night to perform “Doomsday.” A potent Springsteen moment on the album, the song bursts out of the gate with classic Americana rock melodies and vulnerable, love weary lyrics.
Musical tributes continue for Chris Cornell, who passed away last week. Both Ryan Adams and U2 remembered the late singer at their respective shows over the weekend with special song dedications.
More than a few jaws may have dropped Friday night in L.A. when Ryan Adams joined John Mayer onstage for a surprise performance of Ryan’s song “Come Pick Me Up.” Continue reading →
Still hot off of his release of Prisoner, XPN favorite Ryan Adams is prepping for an expansive US tour. Before he kicks it off at the Balcony Theatre in New York, Adams is making a stop at the Keystone state’s capital, playing Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center on April 29th. Tickets are going on sale this Friday (April 14th) at 10 am and more info can be found over at the XPN Concert Calendar. If you can’t make it out, Adams is heading up Tower Theatre on May 6th (and tickets are still available!). Continue reading →
Ryan Adams has been in the studio a lot lately, not to churn out more personal tunes, but to further his musical repertoire with some fellow performers. On top of announcing a double LP with Liz Phair, Adams is using his Instagram to document his contribution to Jenny Lewis’ new record. Having previously worked together on Lewis’ 2014 record The Voyager, Adams has continued to be a fan of the Rilo Kiley frontwoman, saying “She has amassed an incredible arsenal of songs for her new record and I think she’s still on the search, but she’s close. It’s unbelievable, it’s really next level.”
Superfans of both Ryan Adams and David Dye got an early taste of his new Prisoner LP performed live at an intimate 25th anniversary celebration of Dye’s World Cafe earlier this month in Philadelphia. The set was short, sweet and quite remarkable, and as Adams’ tour in support of the album soldiers on, he just announced today that he’ll return to Philadelphia this spring for a proper headlining date — Saturday, May 6th at the Tower Theater. Continue reading →
While Ryan Adams is out on the road promoting his new record Prisoner, he stopped by the BBC to perform a beautifully intimate version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia.” As part of the BBC Radio 6’s celebration of music from 1994, The Boss’ cut from the Philadelphia soundtrack (which won an Oscar that same year) is boiled down to a lovely acoustic guitar and paired perfectly with Adam’s exquisite vocal work. Continue reading →
Said it before, I’ll say it again — it’s unbelievable how Ryan Adams is able to roll out such consistently great music at such a restless pace.
The singer-songwriter rock-and-roller’s sixteenth studio album Prisoner comes out this Friday, and listening to it today via NPR Music’s First Listen premiere, it almost plays like a greatest hits collection. Which is to say: every song is a jam of some sort. There’s Adams the quiet, contemplative folksinger (“To Be Without You”) and the pensive slow-burn rocker (“We Disappear”). Some moments classically draw from his admitted Paul Westerberg fixation and admiration (“Doomsday”) while others leer in jagged and unexpected directions (the heavy stutter of “Do You Still Love Me?”) showing that Adams is unafraid to challenge his listeners after two-plus decades at work. Continue reading →