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Ryan Adams Waxes Romantic on ‘Prisoner,’ Announces Tour Dates, and Performs LA Shows

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.

Ryan Adams emerged all cloaked up at one of his recent appearances, at Amoeba Records - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ryan Adams emerged all cloaked up at one of his recent appearances, at Amoeba Records – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

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.

The new Ryan Adams album, 'Prisoner,' honors some of the great songwriters - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The new Ryan Adams album, ‘Prisoner,’ honors some of the great songwriters – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

“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.

'Prisoner' is Ryan Adams' latest, good listen - Photo courtesy of PAX AM

‘Prisoner’ is Ryan Adams’ latest, good listen – Photo courtesy of PAX AM

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.

 

 

Amoeba Records filled with Ryan Adams fans - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Amoeba Records filled with Ryan Adams fans – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

Ryan Adams at Amoeba - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ryan Adams at Amoeba – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

 

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

Ryan Adams at Amoeba - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Ryan Adams at Amoeba – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Sarah McLachlan, Ryan Adams headline KCSN Benefit Shows

KCSN Benefit Concert expanded to two nights

KCSN Benefit Concert is expanded to two nights this year. Logo courtesy of KCSN

By DONNA BALANCIA  — KCSN will expand its annual benefit concert to two nights this year, featuring Sarah McLachlan and Laura Marling on Dec. 5, and Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst and David Gray on Dec. 12.

The benefit concerts will be held at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

KCSN tickets

“Listeners of KCSN are true believers in the spirit of music,” said Sky Daniels, general manager and program director. “We expanded to two nights this year thanks to the belief of this extraordinary lineup of some of the greatest songwriters of our time.”

For more information go to the radio station’s website. 

Sarah McLachlan plays the KCSN Benefit Concert following her Canadian Tour that moves from Victoria on Oct. 18, with dates in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal and wrapping in St. John’s on Nov. 22.

Ryan Adams, is playing dates in the midwest and the East Coast in October and November and plays the U.K. in February and March, 2015.

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