By Bradley Darby
When Ryan Adams announced in the spring of 2009 that the current tour would be the last for Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, due mostly to years of abuse to his ears causing a partial loss of hearing and life just catching up to him, it left many RA fans upset, yet not without reservation.
After taking a brief hiatus, Adams released his take on an 80s Space Rock album on his newly founded Pax Am label and called it Orion. Adams continued to release videos of himself in the studio at all hours of the night crafting songs and just dicking around with some ideas in his head. He released a double album of songs that were left off of 2008’s Cardinology titled III/IV. He married Mandy Moore, which makes me incredibly jealous…… he was the hardest working retired man in the business.
Then it finally happened….boredom caught up with Ryan. He had to get back out and play some acoustic solo shows across the pond in Europe and the UK. Now Adams fans across the world knew it was only a matter of time before we would have new material…. and it was announced just a few months ago that David Ryan Adams would be releasing a new solo album titled Ashes & Fire on October 11. He released a handful of dates up and down the West coast and promised the rest of the country he would see them in early 2012. Today he released a special intimate acoustic version of the title track via his Facebook page.
For his 14th album, Adams has set himself up with a great supporting cast. Ashes & Fire will feature appearances by Norah Jones on piano and backing vocals, as well as Benmont Tench, who is best known for his work as keyboardist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was produced by Glyn Johns who has produced albums for The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. He has released a few teaser tunes, such as what is said to be the debut single “Lucky Now”, which can be heard below via Soundcloud.
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Ryan Adams has been a promo whore the past few weeks, releasing videos and teases of the new album via Facebook and Twitter. One of my personal favorites, an acoustic cover of the 1986 Iron Maiden classic “Wasted Years”, was posted just a few days ago.
Adams also recently shocked a crowd at the El Ray in April when he was the surprise opener for Emmylou Harris. He performed a few new tunes, including “Dirty Rain” which is the lead song on the new album, and “I Love You But I Dont Know What To Say”
Catch Adams this fall or winter, you will not regret it. You can pre-order the album now on LP or CD or in those fancy digital formats, but what fun is that?
10/11 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
10/13 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
10/14 San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre
10/15 Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre
10/17 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
10/18 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
10/20 Eugene, OR – The Shedd Institute
12/2 Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
12/4 Baltimore, MD – Lyric Opera House
12/6 New York, NY – Carnegie Hall
12/8 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
12/10 Toronto, ON – Winter Garden Theatre
12/11 Chicago, IL – Cadillac Place
12/13 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre