Wednesday, September 28, 2011
– With his forthcoming "Ashes & Fire" coming Oct. 11 on PAX-AM/Capitol), Ryan Adams has confirmed a new leg of North American dates. The new dates run from Dec. 2 at Philadelphia's Academy of Music through Dec. 13 at the State Theater in Minneapolis and include a Dec. 6 stop of New York's Carnegie Hall.
Preceded by the single Lucky Now, an NPR Music First Listen album preview and an Oct. 10 appearance on TBS Conan, the CD has 11 songs. The record was produced by Glyn Johns, renowned for his work with the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Clash and The Rolling Stones, and whose son Ethan produced previous Adams landmarks including "Heartbreaker" and "Gold." The record also features guest turns from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Norah Jones, who contributes piano and backing vocals to several tracks.
Tour dates are:
Oct. 11 San Diego, CA - Balboa Theater
Oct. 13 Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
Oct. 14 San Francisco, CA - Herbst Theater
Oct. 15 Napa, CA - Uptown Theater
Oct. 17 Santa Cruz, CA - The Rio
Oct. 18 Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
Oct. 20 Eugene, OR - The Shedd
Oct. 21 Seattle, WA - Benaroya
Dec. 2 Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
Dec. 4 Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House
Dec. 6 New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
Dec. 8 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 10 Toronto, ON - Winter Garden Theatre
Dec. 11 Chicago, IL - Cadillac Place
Dec. 13 Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
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You'd think an artist as prolific as Ryan Adams has been in the last few years would find it difficult to stick to a certain kind of genre over the course of an album. And indeed, his sprawling major-label debut, "Gold," included everything from a Stones-y rave up to soulful ballads tinged with Van Morrison. After spelunking into 1990s style rock on "Rock n Roll" and dirgeful melodrama on "Love Is Hell," however, Adams is making some of the most focused - and best - music of his career. »»»