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At Newport Folk Fest last night, the beloved rocker finally stepped out of the shadows.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, “The Sun Also Sets”
Ryan Adams & The Cardimals, “Magick”
Guitar with personalized body artwork made by Ryan Adams for a charity auction.
If I was 20 years older I’d be trying to dub a shitload of live Ryan Adams tapes and mail them to people and then getting very antsy if people misspelled setlists on the cassette inserts.
Anyway, that’s not necessary. So this is just another reminder that there’s a lot of his live stuff available on Archive.org just waiting to be downloaded and enjoyed via your own headphones while people push past you on your way to work tomorrow.
If you need a recommendation, I was listening to this while I was driving all over the state today — Rock City, Nottingham, Sept. 24, 2006. Long-time favorite, and if we have the same version then the sound is great and there’s more than one song about Batman on it.
Ryan // uncovered some more photos from an old hard drive of rolls that I thought I lost. fuck yeah.
I’m back from my favorite weekend o’ the year, the Newport Folk Festival, and coverage from our time at Fort Adams will be posting over the next couple of days via Esquire. First up: here are my thoughts on Ryan Adams' opening night performance, which was lovely, albeit disjointed, jerky and weird at times. Last time I saw him was at the Orpheum in Boston for a sleepy acoustic show, and this was a welcome contrast to that. I haven't been able to get “My Wrecking Ball” out of my head since I heard it, and his yacht rock jokes were much appreciated. (I also think it's really rad that he showed up early to play pinball in his trailer and catch Anais Mitchell's set.)
More on Newport Folk later, because I HAD A LOT OF #FEELINGZ while running around the Fort this year that I want to work out on the page first. Suffice to say it was a rejuvenating weekend that made me buy a few records for the first time in months.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, “Magnolia Mountain”
(photographer: Danny Clinch)