On The Road: Ryan Adams

Written by Allison Krumm. Posted in Entertainment, Featured

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Published on October 25, 2011 with No Comments

The video for “Lucky Now” (above) is nothing fancy. It’s not breaking any new audio-visual ground, it has no unnecessary pomp and it features just a blink-and-you-missed-it bit of flash. It’s a black and white basic—crisp and classic, with a twinge of retro flair and a measure of mellow. This is, in fact, the description for the entirety of  Ryan Adams‘s latest effort, Ashes & Fire. Adams has channeled his song writing savant into a clean, relaxed, and polished album.

Produced by Glyn Johns, (a serious music industry veteran who has worked with virtually everyone you could ever think of including Bob Dylan to whom Adams is oft compared), Ashes & Fire breathes of subtle country inspiration. Upon first listen it’s easy acoustic background music. Second time around the lyrical poignancy unfolds, then the melodic nuances and peppered, delicate harmonies invade your brain. On Ashes & Fire Adams exudes the kind of quiet brilliance he first became known for, and none of the experimental scatteredness his critics will point out as his very debatable flaw.

10/27/11 – London, UK – Union Chapel
10/28/11 – York, UK – York Grand Opera House
10/30/11 – Edinburgh, UK – Edienburgh Festival Theatre
11/01/11 – London, UK – Caddgen Hall
11/02/11 – Paris, FR – Le Trianon Hall
11/05/11 – Brussels, BE – Cirque Royale
11/07/11 – Drammen, NO – Drammen Theatre
11/08/11 – Gothernberg, SW – Concerthouse
11/09/11 – Uppsala, SW – Concerthouse
11/12/11 – Malmo, SW – St. Johannes Church
11/13/11 – Aarhus, DE – Musikhuset
12/02/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
12/04/11 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric Opera House
12/06/11 – New York, NY – Carnegie Hall
12/08/11 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
12/10/11 – Toronto, ON – Winter Garden Theatre
12/11/11 – Chicago, IL – Cadillac Palace
12/13/11 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

Featured image via Pax•Am Records

About Allison Krumm

During the day Allison serves as the Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. At night she quite likes judging things that play in darkened theaters and cinemas, taking photos of live arts events, and attending elaborately themed costume parties cooked up with various co-conspirators. Allison has two almost (but not quite) completely useless film degrees that have taught her everything she knows about weaving tall tales. She aspires to one day be half as awesome as Patti Smith and cares not a whit about split infinitives. | 

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