In-Store Appearance at Amoeba Records Packs Aisles
By DONNA BALANCIA
Ryan Adams has created a great new record with Prisoner and it’s appropriate that he hit the stage at Amoeba Records, the iconic bastion of vinyl and discs on Hollywood Boulevard.
The new album is a beautiful work from a local guy who people clearly adore, judging by the hundreds of fans who bought up the new recording and came to get a glimpse on Wednesday evening. He hit the local and national circuit, performing at KCRW, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Amoeba Records, and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Ryan Adams’ Pop Influences
‘Prisoner’ is an appealing collection from the musician-producer-performer, whose work has come to be known as nearly flawless, if not unusual, throughout his career. While Taylor Swift writes great, catchy music, Adams’ take on Taylor was too much. So it’s with a great amount of relief that Prisoner was all original and his favorite musical influences — like Bruce Springsteen — are emulated and not covered.
“To Be Without You” has the feel of a country road, riding in a pickup with Neil Young. It’s reminiscent of the days gone by and better times with the one you love.
Springsteen’s influence can clearly be heard on “Shiver and Shake,” down to not only the tone but the song’s structure. It’s loneliness pure and raw.
The album’s title single, “Prisoner,” is our personal favorite, but from a pop culture point of view “Do You Still Love Me?” has resilience and an upbeat tone even though it probably concerns his recent divorce from Mandy Moore.
This collection is a little different. The songs come from a more “mature” Adams, who has been around the horn, so to speak, when it comes to relationships, family and friends.
Ryan Adams Tour Dates
March 5, 6 – Richmond, VA @ The National
March 8 – Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
March 9 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
March 10 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Parker Playhouse
March 12 – Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival
March 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater
May 3 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
May 7 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
May 9 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
May 10 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
May 12 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
June 1 – Santa Barbara, CA @ The Granada Theatre
June 2 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
June 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
June 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theater
June 20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 22 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
June 23 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
June 25 – Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden Hall
June 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum
June 28 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
June 29 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
July 29 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
July 30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
August 1 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
August 4 – St. Charles, IA @ Hinterland Festival