Happy Birthday Ryan Adams: ‘Ryan Is Dead’ Grateful Dead Cover Compilation


Today marks the 43rd birthday of singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. Ryan was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina and is known for his role as a featured member of Whiskeytown and his illustrious solo career. Adams has never hidden his love of the Grateful Dead and the guitarist has performed with Phil Lesh & Friends and covered Dead favorites for many years.

A version of a compilation featuring Ryan performing Grateful Dead songs or tunes the group would frequently cover circulates on YouTube and focuses on Adams’ shows as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends. Many of the tracks were recorded on New Year’s Eve 2005, when Phil and Ryan teamed with Joan Osborne (vocals), Larry Campbell (guitar & more), John Molo (drums), Rob Barraco (keys) and Barry Sless (guitar + pedal steel).

Yet before we get to the compilation, let’s watch Ryan Adams talk about how playing the Grateful Dead’s “Wharf Rat” makes him feel better when he feels out of place or not feeling great. Adams recorded the gorgeous solo acoustic version for MyMusicRX and described what he thinks the song is about:

Listen to the Ryan Is Dead compilation shared on YouTube by Torben Skaaning:

Playlist Tracks: Bertha, Cold Rain & Snow, China Cat Sunflower, St. Stephen, Friend Of The Devil, Truckin’, Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad, Not Fade Away, He’s Gone, It Must Have Been The Roses, Wharf Rat, Franklin’s Tower, Stella Blue, Ripple, Candyman, Deal, Terrapin Station, Sugar Magnolia

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