Ryan Adams


Ryan Adams (born November 5th 1974)
Ryan Adams is a singer songwriter from the US, and previous member of bands Whiskeytown and The Cardinals.

Ryan Adams: Musical career
In his career beginnings, Ryan Adams was part several bands including Blank Label, Ass, The Lazy Stars and The Patty Duke Syndrome.
He formed Whiskeytown in 1994 which saw three album releases: 'Faithless Street', 'Strangers Almanac' and 'Pneumonia'.
He then embarked on a solo career, releasing critically successful debut album 'Heartbreaker' in 2000; the album included the song 'In My Time of Need' which Joan Baez later covered. His breakthrough was second album 'Gold' the following year, though he rose to fame through the tragedy of the 911 terrorist attacks after releasing a video for his song 'New York New York' shortly before the bombings.
In 2002, his label decided to release a mixtape compilation of various unreleased songs entitled 'Demolition'. He produced Jesse Malin's debut album with whom he formed the side-project The Finger and released two EPs. That year he and Willie Nelson covered Hank Williams's 'Move It On Over' for Gap, and he also appeared with Elton John on CMT Crossroads.
In 2003, he released the album 'Rock n Roll' which featured Billie Joe Armstrong. 'Love Is Hell' soon followed in full in 2004, after first being released in two parts. It featured a cover of Oasis hit 'Wonderwall' which was praised by Noel Gallagher and received a Grammy nod.
In 2004, he was hospitalised with a broken wrist after falling off stage during his Love Is Hell tour, with several dates subsequently cancelled.
The following year, he joined The Cardinals and released the albums 'Cold Roses' and 'Jacksonville City Nights'. The latter featured Norah Jones duet 'Dear John'. He also released another solo album entitled '29' and performed at the Hurricane Katrina benefit show.
Ryan Adams performed and recorded with the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh after meeting in 2005.
He produced Willie Nelson's 2006 album 'Songbird' and unveiled his ninth album the following year, 'Easy Tiger'.
In 2008, The Cardinals released 'Cardinology', though Adams quit the band the following year blaming hearing loss and general unfulfilment with the music industry. He released the books 'Infinity Blues' and 'Hello Sunshine'.
In 2009, he released music under his metal names Werewolph and Sleazy Handshake. He released his metal album 'Orion' through his own label PAX AM.
2010 saw the release of his fifth Cardinals album 'Cardinals III/IV' through PAX AM. The following year he released solo record 'Ashes & Fire'.
He was nominated for a Brit award and a Grammy in 2012.
In 2013, he released his '7 Minutes in Heaven' EP with new band Pornography. He also helped produce Fall Out Boy's 'PAX AM Days' EP.
In 2014, he release his self-titled album.

Ryan Adams: Personal life
Ryan Adams grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He wrote from a young age and learned the electric guitar at 14. He went to Jacksonville High School but left to pursue a career in music.
In 2009, he married actress and singer Mandy Moore, having previously dated Parker Posey and Jessica Joffe.
In 2003, he was slammed after an his angry voicemail for critic Jim DeRogatis was leaked, regarding a negative review of one of his shows.
He admits that he has previously struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.

Biography by Contactmusic.com
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by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 19th September 2014

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Video | 19th September 2014

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by Michael West | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 19th August 2014

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News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 18th May 2009

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Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger

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by Andy Salmon | Review | 24th February 2006

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Saw RA in enmore, NSW last night.....Wasted $67 dollars Music was great, Performance was patheticHe didnt want to be there and neither did we half way through....Lights were off for the whole show, didnt see him at all....He was toO into himself after we paid good money to see him,He told the crowd " you should learn how to act"well maybe he should take some of his own advice!!

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