Ryan Adams is the brilliant yet mercurial singer songwriter who broke on to the music scene in the early 90’s with the alt/country group Whiskeytown. The oft troubled singer has carved out a prolific and somewhat unpredictable solo career that has seen both critical and commercial success.
His solo debut “Heartbreaker” was released in 2000 with critical praise but lacked commercial clout. In 2001, he released “Gold” but was reluctant to work the media circuit to promote the album but eventually capitulated to the powers that be and made a video for his single “New York, New York” which eerily and fortuitously for him featured Adams playing with the city skyline behind him. The video was filmed four days prior to the 9/11 attacks and was put into heavy rotation on both MTV and VH1 which helped Adams find an audience with mainstream, commercial America.
Following the success of “Gold” Adams released “Demolition” with the similar results; critical attention but low volume sales. He then went on to produce Jesse Malin’s debut the aptly titled “The Fine Art of Self Destruction”. During 2002-03 Adams worked on the album “Love is Hell” which he eventually had to release as Pt. 1 & 2 EP’s due to his labels (Lost Highway) insistence that the album as a whole was not commercially viable. He went back and made another album “Rock N Roll” which was released in Nov. 2003 along with “Love is Hell Pt. 1” with Pt.2 following in December. Much to the surprise of Lost Highway “Love is Hell Pt. 1 & Pt. 2” were well received and in 2004 released it as intended, a complete album. This album features the cover of the Oasis classic “Wonderwall” which Adam’s earned a Grammy nomination for his rendition of the song.
In 2005 Adams brought together “The Cardinals” and released two albums “Jacksonville Nights” and “Cold Roses”. Rachel Yamagata covers backing vocals on several songs from “Cold Roses” while Nora Jones lends her dusky, dulcet tone to one song from “Jacksonville Nights”. In 2006 he produced Willie Nelson’s album “Songbird” and Adams and The Cardinals performed as Nelson’s backing band.
Currently, in true unpredictable Adam’s form, he has quit The Cardinals, become disillusioned with the musical world, is releasing some books, and spurring rumors of a Whiskeytown reunion. He also married singer/actress Mandy Moore.
Ryan Adams Discography:
- Rock N Roll
- Love Is Hell
- Cold Roses
- Jacksonville Nights
- Easy Tiger
- Follow the Lights
Top 5 Ryan Adams Songs:
- Wonderwall (Love Is Hell)
- Two (Easy Tiger)
- My Love for You Is Real (Follow the Lights)
- New York, New York (Gold)
- Cold Roses (Cold Roses)
Ryan Adam’s music is available on iTunes and record stores.
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