Ryan Adams

Born 5 November 1974.
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Ryan Adams - New York, New York (Later Archive 2001)

Ryan Adams performs New York, New York on Later... with Jools Holland in 2001.

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David Ryan Adams (born November 5, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, and as a former member of alt-country band Whiskeytown, with whom he recorded three studio albums.

In 2000, Adams left Whiskeytown and released his first solo album, Heartbreaker, to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize. In 2001, Adams released the UK certified-gold Gold, which included the hit single, "New York, New York".

He released five albums with the rock band The Cardinals and in 2009 Adams married singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore. Adams left The Cardinals and announced that he was taking a break from music. He resumed performing in October 2010 and released his thirteenth studio album, Ashes & Fire, on October 11, 2011. The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

Adams has also produced albums for Willie Nelson, Jesse Malin, Jenny Lewis, and Fall Out Boy, and collaborated with Counting Crows, Weezer, Norah Jones, America, Minnie Driver, Cowboy Junkies, Leona Naess, Toots and the Maytals, Beth Orton and Krista Polvere. He has written Infinity Blues, a book of poems, and Hello Sunshine, a collection of poems and short stories.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Ashes & Fire

    Ashes & Fire 2011

    Reviewed by Colin Roberts
    Adams’ lucky 13th long-player showcases an artist maturing with grace and poise.
  2. Review of Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    Country rock's most unpredictable and prolific artist returns with a career high.
  3. Review of Gold


    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...much of this 16-song opus rocks with an intensity that reflects his relocation to...
  4. Review of Demolition


    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...he reminds us why we loved him in the first place: the undeniable gift with a...
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