Monday, August 15, 2011

Ryan Adams To Kick Off Tour In San Diego

Ryan Adams has been a pretty mysterious dude. I've been a fan since the first time I was introduced to Whiskeytown's Stranger's Almanac and got to see them at my first Casbah show. Maybe there's a certain sentimentality then, even when Ryan announces his last record ever or puts bizarre rap or metal albums online, or when he just gets kinda crazy on his Facebook wall, that the guy really can do no wrong for me. Once I put together a playlist of all the Ryan Adams material I have and I stopped after 267 songs.

Last week I got an advertising inquiry with the subject "Ryan Adams" and though I haven't heard back if they'll buy an ad (please, please buy an ad), it was my first clue that he'd be coming to town. I've been paying attention and in the past few weeks, Ryan announced a new record to be released on October 11, 2011, called Ashes & Fire. There's a full tracklisting posted on his Pax-Am label site.

From Ryan's Facebook:
New album is called "Ashes & Fire". It was produced by Glyn Johns ( rocknroll wizard & true gentleman). It has 11 songs on it. I played acoustic on all of them and sang and played live to tape. We recorded the album ALL 100 percent ANALOG ( 2" tape mixed to 1/4" ). A computer didn't touch this album. It has very few overdubs. I gave these songs the most consideration I have ever given and it is certainly the longest amount of time I've spent writing. It was made with total love. Very excited. XX
Today, various sources (Jambase, Consquence of Sound) around the web announced tour dates, kicking off October 11 at our very own Balboa Theatre.

My 35th Birthday is on September 28. Last year I got a big wet kiss from Conor O. I thought this year couldn't compete, but with all of this goodness coming up, I think 35 isn't looking so bad.
September 16 & 17 Bon Iver/Other Lives @ Spreckels
September 21 Bright Eyes @ Soma
September 28 AA Bondy @ Casbah
October 4 Rocky Votolato/Matt Pond PA @ Casbah
October 10 Dawes/Blitzen Trapper @ Belly Up
October 11 Ryan Adams @ Balboa Theatre

Here's a playlist of various videos from a recent Ryan Adams appearance in LA.

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