Ryan Adams

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David Ryan Adams (born November 5, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and poet. He is best known for his prolific solo career, during which he has released fifteen albums, and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown, with whom he recorded three studio albums.

In 2000, Adams left Whiskeytown and released his debut solo album, Heartbreaker, to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize. The following year, his profile increased with the release of the UK certified-gold Gold, which included the hit single, "New York, New York". During this time, Adams worked on several unreleased albums, which were consolidated into a third solo release, Demolition (2002). Working at a prolific rate, Adams released the classic rock-influenced Rock N Roll (2003), after a planned album, Love Is Hell, was rejected by his label Lost Highway. As a compromise, Love Is Hell was released as two EPs and eventually released in its full-length state in 2004.

After breaking his wrist during a live performance, Adams took a short-lived break, and formed The Cardinals, a backing band that would accompany him on four of his next studio albums. In 2009, following the release of Cardinology (2009), Adams disbanded The Cardinals and announced an extended break from music due to complications from Ménière's disease. The following year, however, Adams resumed performing and released his Glyn Johns-produced thirteenth studio album, Ashes & Fire, in 2011. The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. In September 2014, Adams released his fourteenth album, Ryan Adams, on his own PAX AM label, and formed a new backing band, The Shining, to support the release.

In 2015, Adams released 1989 a song-for-song cover of Taylor Swift's album of the same name, and worked on up to eighty songs for an album influenced by his divorce from his wife Mandy Moore. The release, Prisoner, was announced in late 2016.

In addition to his own material, Adams has also produced albums for Willie Nelson, Jesse Malin, Jenny Lewis, and Fall Out Boy, and has 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Heartbreaker Ryan Adams 9
2001 Gold Ryan Adams 8
2002 Demolition Ryan Adams 3
2003 Rock N Roll Ryan Adams 2 4
2004 Love Is Hell Ryan Adams 4
2005 Cold Roses Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 3 5
2005 Jacksonville City Nights Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 6
2005 29 Ryan Adams 3
2007 Easy Tiger Ryan Adams 6
2008 Cardinology Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 4 3
2010 Orion Ryan Adams 1
2010 III/IV Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 2
2011 Ashes & Fire Ryan Adams 3
2012 iTunes Session Ryan Adams 1
2014 Ryan Adams Ryan Adams 4
2015 1989 Ryan Adams 3
2017 Prisoner Ryan Adams 5
2017 Prisoner B-Sides Ryan Adams 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Live After Deaf Ryan Adams 3
2015 Live at Carnegie Hall Ryan Adams 2
2007-06-28: Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA, USA Ryan Adams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 New York, New York Ryan Adams 2
2002 Answering Bell Ryan Adams 2
2002 Nuclear Ryan Adams 1
2004 Wonderwall Ryan Adams 2
2014 Gimme Something Good Ryan Adams 1
2015 Blue Light Ryan Adams 1
2015 Burn in the Night Ryan Adams 1
The Hardest Part Ryan Adams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Love Is Hell, Part 1 Ryan Adams 3
2003 Love Is Hell, Part 2 Ryan Adams 2
2004 Morrocan Role EP Ryan Adams 1
2007 Follow the Lights Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 2
2007 Everybody Knows EP Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 2
2009 Extra Cheese Ryan Adams 1
2011 Class Mythology Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 1
2014 1984 Ryan Adams 2
2014 No Shadow Ryan Adams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 III/IV [Free Downloads PAX AM Online] Ryan Adams 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Heavy Orange / Asteroid Ryan Adams & The Cardinals 1

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