5 Reasons To Go See - Ryan Adams
1 He’s Ryan Adams not Bryan Adams One specialises in alt.country/americana of the highest order, switching between heart-wrenching ballads and some of the catchiest rock tunes you’ll ever hear. The latter does not.
2 He’s focussed, man! Ol’ Ryan’s had a tough time of late, having battled a serious drug problem but now that he’s all cleaned up he’s back on track with new album, Easy Tiger. Which, in our humble opinion, is well worth a listen.
3 The man can’t stop In 2005 he churned out three albums (one of which was a double). Now he’s got Easy Tiger and a new EP to plug. He also recently released a slew of (ironic?) hip hop albums via his website under the name DJ Reggie. To be honest, though, they’re bobbins.
4 You never know what you’re gonna get Whether it’s falling off-stage and breaking his wrist, espousing the virtues of not washing or playing punk-versions of his biggest songs Adams’ performances are notoriously unpredictable. Still, there’s something for everyone.
5 There’s more to come There are currently rumours of a box set containing three unreleased albums (including the near-legendary Suicide Handbook) and various B-sides. That said there have been rumours of the box set’s release for donkeys now so we wouldn’t suggest holding your breath.
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Sat 1 Dec.