Ryan Adams | 06.19 | Chicago

Words by: Andy Tennille

Ryan Adams and The Cardinals :: 06.19.2007 :: Biograph Theater :: Chicago, IL

Ryan Adams
On July 22, 1934, John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents outside Chicago's Victory Gardens Biograph Theater as he exited an evening showing of Manhattan Melodrama with his girlfriend, Polly Hamilton.

Nicknamed "Jackrabbit" for the athleticism he displayed leaping over tellers' counters during bank heists, the infamous bank robber is said to have stolen more than $300,000 during a ten-year crime spree from 1924-1934 while managing to elude authorities and escape from prisons and jails across the Midwest. A few months before his death, Dillinger broke out of the supposedly inescapable Crown Point, Indiana county jail using only a wooden gun he whittled and painted with black shoe polish. Aggravating the local authorities' embarrassment further, the legendary outlaw drove off in the local sheriff's brand new V-8 Ford.

While Dillinger's bravado infuriated law enforcement officials, tales of his escapades earned him a following among Depression-era Americans akin to a modern-day Robin Hood. At the scene of his death outside the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, more than 10,000 people stood in line in the hot Chicago summer heat to get a glimpse of Dillinger's body; men and women dipped handkerchiefs and pieces of their skirts in his blood in solemn reverence of the legendary outlaw.

Standing in the alley beside the Chicago playhouse where Dillinger lay dying in 1934, one can't help but appreciate the striking similarities between the famed fugitive and the musician gracing the stage on this warm June evening.

Ryan Adams and The Cardinals :: 06.19 by Tennille
Since making a name for himself in the mid- to late-'90s as the creative force behind alt-country darlings Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams has garnered both effusive praise and malicious criticism from far and wide. And rightfully so. The North Carolina native has demonstrated beyond a shadow of doubt that he is an extraordinarily talented songwriter. Whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying his gifted ability to marry prescient lyrics with gorgeous melodies in songs that seemingly fall out of him as effortlessly as singles at a strip joint. At his best, he's one of the great songwriters of his generation, worthy of carrying the torch passed down by legends like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Gram Parsons.

At his worst, Adams was a heroin junkie, a revelation he shared with Anthony DeCurtis in a recent New York Times feature. His apparent drug abuse made him paranoid and borderline schizophrenic, resulting in shows marred by mumbled, mindless drivel and seismic tantrums. At a 1998 concert at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco, Adams kicked the onstage monitors into the crowd. At times, his depression was so painfully obvious that his performances became polarized and bordered on unwatchable. His prolific pen – once praised as the badge of a songwriter's songwriter - was criticized as "self-indulgent" as Adams released albums deemed mediocre by the rock press. Writers sarcastically suggested that the bad boy troubadour might benefit from an editor and Adams left vitriolic responses on online message boards and answering machines.

Ryan Adams :: 06.19 by Tennille
Cloaked in the dim blue light of the tiny, 250-seat theater in Chicago's hip Lincoln Park neighborhood, Adams, perched on a tall stool tucked in between a red piano and simple drum kit, seemed to revel in his newfound sobriety.

"Tonight is all scripted," Adams teased. "But it used to be pre-scripted."

Flanked by current Cardinals Jon Graboff on pedal steel, Chris Feinstein on bass, Brad Pemberton on drums and Neal Casal on guitar and piano, Adams opened with a beautiful version of "Please Do Not Let Me Go" off 2004's Love Is Hell and followed it up with "Dear John" from Jacksonville City Nights.

But it was on three tracks off 29, Adams' melancholy rumination on the end of his twenties released in 2005, where he found his footing. "Night Birds" and "Carolina Rain" proved unequivocally that Adams' voice – weakened by years of drug and alcohol abuse - was back in fine form. With no guitar to worry about due to an injured wrist from a recent skateboarding accident, Adams was free to focus on his vocal performance and the result was masterful. "Blue Hotel" – a tune written for Willie Nelson's recent Adams produced Songbird album – saw the singer finding Roy Orbison-like operatic range.

"Let It Ride" from 2005's Cold Roses offered a nice tempo change from the show's subdued setlist with Graboff and Casal trading spaghetti western guitar licks backed by Pemberton and Feinstein's steady rhythm. "Goodnight Hollywood Boulevard" from 2001's widely acclaimed Gold and "My Winding Wheel" off Adam's solo debut, Heartbreaker, were welcomed like old friends. Following a particularly somber version of "Starlite Diner," Adams quipped, "All this feel good music is making me want to get a dune buggy and tear ass up some sand dunes somewhere."

Ryan Adams and The Cardinals by Philip Andelman
The most anticipated moments of the evening were the introduction of seven songs off Adam's new studio album, Easy Tiger. "Halloweenhead" is sure to be a live scorcher once the band returns to its electric incarnation. You can hear the influence of the great Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris duets in "Two," the album's lead single featuring Sheryl Crow on harmony vocals. With its rustic harmonica and introspective lyrics, "I Taught Myself How to Grow" sounded like vintage Neil Young but reminded me most of "When God Made Me" off Young's most recent album, Prairie Wind. "The Sun Also Sets" is the next great lamentation on lost love by one of rock's most lugubrious lyricists.

My tattered blue bandana stuffed into the back pocket of my jeans, I'd come prepared for a bloodletting of epic proportions. I wondered if Adams would fall off the wagon and revert back to his old ways, talking to a lamp, smashing an amplifier and rolling around on the ground grunting for 20 minutes. Maybe he'd toss a half-empty bottle of Bordeaux into the crowd in a fit of rage. At least I'd have something to towel off with afterwards.

But my expectations went mostly unmet. Sure, Adams posed and flexed at random intervals throughout the set while fiddling constantly with a pair of black Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Occasionally, he swatted playfully at Pemberton's head in the middle of songs but the drummer craftily reigned in his frontman by kicking off the beat to the next tune a few seconds after the previous one ended. The mood was so jovial that Adams even succumbed to a fan's request for "Down In A Hole," a rare Alice In Chains cover.

As the last notes of "Goodnight Rose" – perhaps the most optimistic song Adams has ever written on his most focused album in years – rung out, there was a palpable sense that we'd witnessed something monumental – the coming of age of a fragile genius with the world at his fingertips in one of the most intimate settings imaginable.

Stepping outside into the warm Chicago night, I paused underneath the glowing marquee, the same sign under which John Dellinger stood more than 70 years before.

There would be no massacre tonight.


Please Do Not Let Me Go, Dear John, Nightbirds, Carolina Rain, How Do You Keep Love Alive?, Let It Ride, Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play the Part, The Sun Also Sets, Blue Hotel, Oh My God, Whatever, Etc., Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd., My Winding Wheel, Games, Two, I Taught Myself How to Grow Old, Starlite Diner, Everybody Knows, Halloweenhead
Encore: Blue Sky Blues, Down in a Hole, Goodnight Rose

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MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 02:02PM
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His new album, "Easy Tiger" is GREAT! I have had it on repeat for a few days now... especially Holloweenhead!

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 02:11PM
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Fantastic review, man!

Even as a really big fan, I haven't seen RA since a really strange, but very entertaining, show at the Vic Theatre back in 2002. There were cellos, dobros, action figures, wine, an empty six pack on his head at one point, Madonna sing alongs, Cookie Monster impressions, and at one point, I think he tried to get a fan booted for Bryan Adams taunts.

Good times, but all the great bootlegs and positive reviews from the past couple years really have me amped to see him in a few weeks out at Red Rocks.

Marcsmall Tue 7/3/2007 02:41PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 7/3/2007 03:05PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Ha, this dude played a gig in Memphis a few years back and when someone asked him to play a song by Bryan Adams, he told the light dude to turn on the house lights and he left the stage for the evening.

Treetophigh Tue 7/3/2007 03:33PM
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that bryan adams shit is funny

i also heard he kicked out a guy for repeatedly screaming 'summer of 69'

ryan adams is great beat songwriter ive heard often dark and depressing

winter music

Treetophigh Tue 7/3/2007 03:34PM
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that bryan adams shit is funny

i also heard he kicked out a guy for repeatedly screaming 'summer of 69'

ryan adams is great best songwriter ive heard often dark and depressing

winter music

assafjaffe starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/3/2007 04:22PM
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Ryan rules. The new album is amazing. True story. Last night I dreamt I was picking up tix to see Ryan at The Berkely show coming up. In my dream there were all the people coming to see Phil and Friends perform at the theatre that night. (Weird) Maybe they were yuo Marklittleone. I'v eseen Phil in so many bands and sometimes they're ok, especially with Trey and Page. Ryan and his band rock, why do people always harp on the fact that Phil likes Ryan too. Would you really rather see Phil sing all the songs. The last time I saw Adams he was to drunk to do much. It's great to hear he's doing better and performing well. I may just try to catch both Bay Area shows.

Why don't all you haters shut the fuck up. The man is a real talent. He is one of the greatest song writers I have ever heard. He sing amazingly and plays mean guitar. Why the hell do you think Phil, Willie Nelson, Elton John, and so many others have given him so much credit. He is in a legue by himself in these dark days of shit pop music. If you don't dig him, dont buy the album, dont go see him. But do us all a favor, keep your negative closeminded mental masturbation to yourself and go listen to whatever doesn't make you hatefull.

Ryan rules

MusicIsMath Tue 7/3/2007 06:30PM
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"Pitchfork: Do you ever wonder if people go to Bryan Adams shows and yell out the names of your songs?

Adams: I don't know! I think the only reason that they do that-- I mean, they don't really do it much anymore, I hear it once in a very long while-- is because they think that it actually makes me mad. They think that the song name is what makes me mad, which is absurd. I don't care what they were yelling. The problem is that the guy who was yelling that song title out, the time I got really mad, was yelling it over and over again. And Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were on stage with me, and we were singing a three-part harmony to "Bartering Lines", with no musical accompaniment, except a banjo and his Archtop guitar.

So when the breakdown happens, it's just three voices, and the guy yells it out. And I'm so honored to be onstage with those guys, you know? And this guy screaming over them? "Summer of '69"? It's like, you know what, it wasn't fucking funny the first time you did it, which is why nobody laughed. But after eight or nine times? At the Ryman? I was just like, this sucks. These are my friends. Just stop. So when I kicked that guy out, everybody thought it was because he was confusing me with Bryan Adams. But it was more a matter of respect. I mean, come on, there are these bluegrass musicians up here, the best out there that I know of."

karacter0 Tue 7/3/2007 09:41PM
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not a fan.

Jukebox Hero Wed 7/4/2007 08:54AM
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Jukebox Hero

I am consistently amazed that people log on to these message boards just to voice their dislike of an artists. If you're "not a fan", why on earth would you open the atricle in the first place? I am not a fan of a lot of the music on this website, much of it being in my opinion (a very important key phrase there) pointless noodling and/or trance shit that goes nowhere, but I don't feel the need read the articles and then post negative comments. I don't like the Disco Biscuits. I am "not a fan". Hence I don't read articles about or reviews of the Disco Biscuits. It's that simple. Get a fucking life.

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there is always gonna be opposing views, everyone should be adult enough to handle that. posts get under my skin at times, but its all part of opinion. try to let it roll off your back, like water off a duck. serenity now!! :P

cuttyfives Wed 7/4/2007 10:35AM
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Nice simile

Jammer1086 starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/4/2007 10:58AM
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Ryan Adams kicks ass. Cold Roses is awesome! I can't think of a double album that has came out in a few years as good as it, I like every song. Can't wait to catch him in Philly.

LowHybred09 Wed 7/4/2007 01:02PM
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Hagermeister starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/4/2007 03:41PM
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Excellent review, really beautifully written. I just saw him in London June 7th and I was a bit let down, but only bc it didn't match the energy/intensity of electric shows. New stuff has great potential though, am looking forward to its live evolution. To be honest, I don't think he likes playing London and I can't say I blame him, the crowds here are awful and disresptful. It sounds like he got on a roll as the tour went on. Fantastic

Ryan has all us fans on for the whole messy ride. Just glad he's not such a mess himself now.

mhc10 Wed 7/4/2007 07:00PM
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Funny how some would saw keep him away from Phil and Friends. Small minded people on this site. Phil has nothing but love and respect for Ryan. Why else would Phil and Friends start covering Ryan Adams songs about every show last summer. Why else would Phil play Ryan Adams songs when he guest DJ on Sirius 17 last fall. Ryan is a great, great artist. I have seen him twice and he was amazing.

slugger16 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/5/2007 05:16AM
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great review Andy, gonna try to catch him in Louisville on Wednesday. And I don't understand all the hate regarding Phil and Friends. I saw him and Phil play a surprise show one time in SF at the 12 Galaxies, and while Ryan could be said to have been "extremely drunk," I enjoyed the show, it was fun. He put a fresh spin on old songs that I thought had grown stale, and I think Phil thought the same thing, he looked like a 19 year old in punk band that night. But most of all, I think Ryan is one helluva songwriter, on par with the best. With his newfound sobriety, hopefully he can continue to produce songs of the quality we've grown accustomed to. Also, it is encouraging to see someone that deep into addiction actually seem to successfully clean themselves up. It's not easy, and I find it inspiring.

slugger16 Thu 7/5/2007 05:20AM
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"he looked like a 19 year old in punk band that night"

fyi, I was referring to Phil here

dannymo star Thu 7/5/2007 09:21AM
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sometimes I love the opposing views, its interesting.
Ryan comes across as a "not too friendly type".
I just say this from things Ive heard about him and his personality. Honestly, I do not know much. just hear-say.
If you love him then good for you. :)

hnkscrpio Thu 7/5/2007 11:46AM
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I like how people always rip on bands by saying that they "noodle" around. How do you "noodle" around? They always say that their jams go nowhere to. Even if a song just abruptly stops, that is an ending, and that means it went somewhere. So isn't it technically impossible for a musical phrase to go nowhere?

karacter0 Thu 7/5/2007 12:17PM
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First there were witches in Salem, then there were communists living amongst us, next came the terrorists, but you haven't seen the worst yet! Noodlers! ...right here on JBase! :o

...but don't worry, it's only the latest right wing scare tactic, and only works on pussies!

BTPete Thu 7/5/2007 01:24PM
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I can pretty easily throw on any whiskeytown album and be happy. I like the solo stuff (and cardinals etc), though I've found it less consistent. New album is good. Probably my only shot to see him is at moe.down. Not sure how a short set at a festival will go. Does anyone know if he ever plays any whiskeytown at all?

AdCo Thu 7/5/2007 02:02PM
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first of all i gotta say that i thought this was a fantastic review. well written and entertaining, i loved the introduction.

just gotta clarify jackstraw's comment. he said he doesnt like tdb to make an example of the fact that he doesnt just go on messageboards of bisco articles just to say how he doesn't like them. he wasnt being hypcritical. if he had said he doesn't like ryan adams, that would have been hypocritical.

and as for the noodling...am i mistaken or was jerry the original noodler? i think we need some clarification from that fetucini kid....

fetuchiniwalfredo? no...thats not it

jglynn Thu 7/5/2007 08:03PM
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I was at that show. Excellent room, I hope they use it again for a rock show. It was an abbreviated set in comparison to his last time through in January but there were really no wasted notes and everything was delivered in fine form. I feel very lucky to have gotten tickets. I'm looking forward to seeing the Cardinals in full on electric form soon. As a band they have become a force to be reckoned with.

jglynn Thu 7/5/2007 08:04PM
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Oh and by the way, thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review!

tzolkin13 star Thu 7/5/2007 09:18PM
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ryan adams?

hisla starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/6/2007 06:46AM
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Dannymo: He has done NOTHING? He is just another hipster scene BOY? What the hell does this mumbojumbo mean exactly? This must be noodling because it sure sounds pretty limp to me...

Great review Andy!

aquariumdrunk Fri 7/6/2007 07:12AM
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Yeah, that hipster hasn't done a thing...

16 Days
A Kiss Before I Go
Ah, Life
Angels Are Messengers From God (see Faithless Street)
Answering Bell
Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?

The Ballad Of Carol Lynn
The Bar Is A Beautiful Place
Bar Lights
Bartering Lines
The Battle
Beautiful Sorta
Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart
Blue Hotel
Blue Sky Blues
Burning Photographs
Butterfly In Reverse
Call Me On Your Way Back Home
Cannonball Days
Captain Smith
Carolina Rain
Cherry Lane
Chin Up, Cheer Up
Choked Up
City Rain, City Streets
Closer When She Goes
Cold Roses
Come Pick Me Up
Crazy About You
Cry On Demand
Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)
Dance All Night
Dancing With The Women At The Bar (a/k/a The Strip)
Dear Chicago
Dear John
Desperate Ain't Lonely
Do Miss America
Do You Wanna Get High?
Don't Ask For The Water
Don't Be Sad
Don't Even Know Her Name
Don't Fail Me Now (f/k/a When The Rope Gets Tight)
Don't Wanna Know Why
Drank Like A River
The Drug's Not Working
Easy Hearts
Easy Plateau
Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part
Empty Baseball Park
The End
Enemy Blanks
Enemy Fire
English Girls Approximately
Everybody Knows
Everything I Do
Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
Factory Girl
Faithless Street (a/k/a Angels Are Messengers From God)
The Fools We Are As Men
Friends (f/k/a For Beth)
From Me To You
Funeral Marching
Fuck The Universe
Gimme A Sign
Gonna Make You Love Me
Goodbye Honey
Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd.
Goodnight Rose
The Great Divide
Halloween Head
Hard Luck Story
Hard Time Situation
Hard Way To Fall
Harder Now That It's Over
The Hardest Part
Hey Parker, It's Christmas
Highway 145
Hotel Chelsea Nights
Houses On The Hill
How Do You Keep Love Alive?
I Ain't Found Nobody Yet
I See Monsters
I Taught Myself How To Grow Old
I Want To Go Home
I'm Coming Over
If He Can't Have You
If I'm A Stranger
In My Time Of Need
Inn Town
Jacksonville Skyline
Jesus (Don't Touch My Baby)
La Cienega Just Smiled
Learn To Love
Let It Ride
Life Is Beautiful
Lo-Fi Tennessee Mountain Angel
Lovely And Blue
Macon, Georgia County Line
Magnolia Mountain
Mara Lisa
Me & My Ticket
Meadowlake Street
Midway Park
Mining Town
Mirror, Mirror
Monday Night
My Blue Manhattan
My Heart Is Broken
My Hometown
My Winding Wheel
New York, New York
Nobody Girl
Not Home Anymore
Note To Self: Don't Die
Now That You're Gone
Off Broadway
Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.
Oh My Sweet Carolina
One By One
Operator, Operator
Paper Moon
Pawnshop Ain't No Place For A Wedding Ring
Peaceful Valley
Pearls On A String
Please Don't Hurry Your Heart
Please Do Not Let Me Go
Poor Southern Girl
The Rescue Blues
Red Lights
Rip Off
Rock N' Roll
Rosalie Come & Go
The Sadness
Secret Powers
Shakedown On 9th Street
She Wants To Play Hearts
She's Lost Total Control
Silver Bullets
Sit And Listen To The Rain
So Alive
So Hot, So Cold
Somebody Remembers The Rose
Somehow, Someday
Song For Keith
Starlite Diner
Starting To Hurt
Strawberry Wine
The Strip (see Dancing With The Women At The Bar)
The Sun Also Sets
Sweet Black Magic
Sweet Illusions
Sweet Lil' Gal (23rd/1st)
Take Your Guns To Town
Tears Of Gold
Tell Me How You Want Me
Tennessee Square
Tennessee Sucks
Thank You Louise
Theme For A Trucker
These Girls (f/k/a Hey There, Mrs. Lovely)
This Is It
This One's Gonna Bruise
Ticket Time
Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues
To Be Evil
To Be The One
To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
Too Drunk To Dream
Top Dollar
Touch, Feel & Lose
Turn Around
Twice As Bad As Love
Twist The Knife
Two Hearts
Under Your Breath
Waiting To Derail
Waves Crashing
What May Seem Like Love
What The Devil Wanted
What Sin Replaces Love
When The Stars Go Blue
When Will You Come Back Home?
Why Do They Leave?
Wild Flowers
Wish You Were Here
Wither, I'm A Flower
Withering Heights
Yesterday's News
You Will Always Be The Same

Part of www.AnsweringBell.com

dannymo Fri 7/6/2007 06:45PM
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I bought "easy tiger" the other day and I am very impressed at how good it is. Unique in sound. The guy has a style of his own and I dig it. Just a matter of opinion

mhc10 Mon 7/9/2007 09:42AM
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Dannymo, go listen to Disco Bisquits then.
Have you bothered to listen to any Ryan Adams?
Amazing musician
Great review Andy!!!!!

dannymo Mon 7/9/2007 11:00AM
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"I stand corrected... he wrote all those shitty songs"
Thats hilarious....

breadloaf starstarstar Wed 7/11/2007 07:18AM
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I am totally unfamiliar with Ryan Adams, but know that Phil thinks highly of him, which is enough to tweak some interest. Of those of you who like his work, what would you suggest as an entry-level recording to get? Thanks.

aquariumdrunk Wed 7/11/2007 07:27AM
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Buy "Heartbreaker" if you're looking for his best songwriting. If you're looking for more of the material that P&F were performing, that can at times be very indebted to the Dead, pick up "Cold Roses."

Those are your best bet for a starting point. After that, there's plenty more to digest if you like what you're hearing.

petemora starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/27/2007 01:09PM
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I think he should do a verse of "Summer of 69" just to make jerk offs in the audience shut up. My band does the same thing with "Free Bird", but we only really do the end jam.

I think the phrase "more cow bell" has replaced it anyway.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/27/2007 08:43PM
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This guy is awesome! His new album and the tour he did with Phil will both be remembered for a long time.

Tim9 Tue 7/31/2007 10:04PM
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Last week I did the open mic at my dad's Mellow Mushroom. I deadicated it to my boy Ryan. Here's how it went:
(solo acoustic) Mountains of the Moon>Drums>Plugged In Keytar Jam>"Stop Throwing Pizza Crust at Me" Rap>Here Comes the Hotstepper"(cut off due to sound problems). I'm glad Ryan is better at this than I am. Whew!

petemora starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/7/2007 06:36AM
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When people diss him it cuts like a knife, but it feels so right.(or else they wouldn't do it).