Ryan Adams. One of my favorite artists of all time! Writer and singer of amazing songs that will make you laugh and break your heart simultaneously. NOTE: Definitely not to be confused with the 90's super star Canadian recording artist Bryan Adams. (In fact, there is a story that while performing at a concert, Ryan Adams was so angry about a heckler in the audience screaming "play summer of '69!!!!" that he jumped off the stage and punched the guy in the face. Don't know if that's true or not, but I like to pretend that it is).
ANYWAY, my point is Ryan Adams is great. His 2005 album Cold Roses is the record I would take with me to a desert island if I was only allowed to pick one thing to listen to for all eternity. AND, its a double CD, so that is a plus in a desert island type scenario.
The concert was at Hill Auditorium, which is an incredible place to hear live music- it is one of the most acoustically perfect venues in the US.*
*At least, that is what CJ says, and I believe him, cause the music sounds that good!
|The lobby @ Hill before the show|
BUT, before Ryan went on, Devotchka played. LOVED! If you're not familiar with them, you should check them out- that is, if you enjoy super dramatic Russian-y carnival-y type music that's heavy on the accordion and tuba (which, who doesn't, obviously).
|DEVOTCHKA! Note the giant tuba on the right hand side. Sorry for the blurriness!|
THEN, Ryan! Just him and a guitar. I did try to take a picture during the show, but as usual, someone's giant head was blocking the view.
Ryan started out with one of my favorite songs. This is the set list below- CJ found it for my on the "internets."
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Ashes & Fire
My Winding Wheel
Sweet Lil Gal (piano)
Please Do Not Let Me Go
Let It Ride
New York, New York (piano)
Come Pick Me Up
I had to get a tee shirt! I couldn't resist such an intense design...
|Tee shirt. So metal.|
The whole show was amazing and it was great to be able to spend some time in Ann Arbor- the Mitten's hippie heart and home to my alma matter (go blue)! xo