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Published: 2011/08/05

Ryan Adams: New Album + U.S. Show

Ryan Adams long-awaited “return” album—titled Ashes and Rain —is scheduled to be released October 11. While Adams has released several albums since his departure from music—the heavy metal Orion (last October though recorded four years earlier) and a scattershot collection of Cardinals’ material last December ( III/IV )—this is his first proper follow up to 2008’s Cardinology.

While on a solo tour in the United Kingdom this summer—his first tour in roughly two years—he spoke with Q magazine. Among the interesting tidbits are that legendary producer Glyn Johns is credited with the new album’s production—Glyn’s son Ethan produced Adams’ Heartbreaker, Gold, Demolition and 29 —and that the album’s 12 tracks include guests such as Heartbreaker keyboardist Benmont Tench and longtime friend and collaborator Norah Jones. While the band lineup for the album is unclear, one can suspect Adams called upon longtime drummer Brad Pemberton for the sessions.

The 12 songs will most likely include “Dirty Rain,” “Kindness, Till I Found You,” “Lucky Now,” “Invisible Riverside” and “Shadow of the Light.”

One person, besides Pemberton, who’s likely involved, is keyboardist/producer Jamie Candiloro who was joined Adams’ fold with 2007’s Easy Tiger. In March, Adams posted to his Facebook, “Congrats Jamie C… After 4 years of production work we finished the infmous never-ending BLACKHOLE Record tonight! What a trip! Big love to the Candyman.”

Blackhole is but one of many unreleased (but oft mentioned and/or bootlegged) Adams records—others include Suicide Handbook, 48 Hours, Pinkhearts and Darkbreaker.

In 2007, Adams described Blackhole as “a real serious effort to make a rock record, really epic and big. None of those absurdist jokey lyrics like on Rock N Roll. You listen to it and think , ‘My God, this guy is gonna die.’ That was the last record I made in the last day of the drugs.”

No announcement has been made as to when Blackhole will be released but it would seem it will be sometime after Ashes and Rain.

And, finally, Adams has announced his first official show in the States- a solo performance at Benaroya Hall on October 21 as part of City Arts Music Festival 2011. Tickets and information available here.

Check out the videos below from this summer’s solo European tour. First is the new song “Dirty Rain” from Lisbon (with plenty of fun banter) and the second is “If I Were a Stranger” from Amsterdam.


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Daniel Ojeda August 5, 2011, 16:04:30

Not to be a downer or anything, but Ryan Adams sucks. I saw Phil Lesh twice in 2005 and unfortunately had Adams both times, and he completely ruined the music.

Mike August 5, 2011, 17:30:26

great post Daniel..we will all be sure to take note and ignore someone as talented as Ryan because you say so. btw Phil is one of Ryan’s biggest supporters…Phil actually still plays Ryan songs on tour when Ryan is not there..05’ was right when they started playing together..and for the record he is not a Jerry Dead clone.. but I am sure you prefer Fake Jerry to someone who is original like Ryan. This is awesome news..can’t wait for a full on US Tour.

Robin Oz August 6, 2011, 01:30:27

After Cold Roses came out in 2005, it was my favorite album for years. Ever since III/IV arrived last Dec, it has been my new favorite. For some, there may be a challenge to get over the stylistic differences, but I highly recommend giving III/IV a chance. It is an amazing album!!

Ultimately who gives a F@#K August 6, 2011, 11:41:06

Ryan is an Exceptional song writer and Powerful performer..but Phil and freinds suck..every time..with who ever..(put Jackie back in the box)..and jus cuz u play with Phil dont make you some cosmic guitar wizard capable of bending spacetime..that being called“fakeJerry” Fucking RIPS UP peaceful valley and makes everyone who has tried to play“like“Jerry..(the bubbling,smokey psychedelic bend spacetime cosmic dusting) has failed and choked on there own dust!Haynes,Kimock,Herring,Karan,Green,and yes,Adams..look like FOOLS! Thats 4 real!

jgandy August 8, 2011, 00:40:17

halelujuah! dude freakin awesme….....thankyou thank you thank you…........

jgandy August 8, 2011, 00:50:50

halelujah to ryan’s new album…........not the post before mine…......that dudes a real sh*t bag…...get a life man…..sayin what you just said is like calling the dude mr. labowski… just dont do it…...... abide man abide…!!!

Mike August 8, 2011, 08:21:22

Yeah Fake Jerry can clone with the best of them….I’ll take Ryan and Jackie who bring their own style to it anyday. They bring some originality to the music which is what Jerry brought…not just copying someone. The fact Phil plays Ryan songs is the biggest compliment.

ryan fan August 8, 2011, 11:48:53

please don’t feed the trolls

ryan fan August 8, 2011, 11:50:05

and the song’s name is If I AM a Stranger

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