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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Road to Release Day: A Timeline of Events (June 12' - June 14')

June-September 12'
Ryan posts several twitter updates that he is recording new demos with Butch Walker and guitarist - Paul Cutler (45 Grave/The Dream Syndicate).

November 12'
While on tour in the UK, Ethan Johns tells a fan that he's planning to go in the studio with Ryan Adams and his dad (Glyn Johns); during the first 3 weeks of December to record the follow-up to Ashes and Fire.

December 12' 
Ryan plays "Shinin' Through the Dark" on the Conan O'Brien Show. During the performance, he is backed by Don Was on bass, and ex-Cardinal - Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel guitar.


February 13' 
While on tour in the UK, Ethan Johns mentions to another fan that Ryan recently finished the follow-up to Ashes and Fire, with Glyn Johns as producer.

February 13' 
Ryan posts several twitter updates that show him jamming in the studio with guitarist - Mike Viola and David Labrel (Olin and the Moon)

March 13' 
Ryan performs a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London with a smokin' new band that includes: Don Was on bass, Ethan Johns on guitar, Benmont Tench on keyboards, Jeremy Stacey on drums, and Cindy Cashdollar on pedal steel. During the show, they debuts 2 new songs: a bluesy rocker in the vein of "29"/"Beautiful Sorta" called "In the Shadows Again", and a folky early Dylan/Nick Drake-like number "This is Where We Meet in My Mind". Ryan briefly mentions their album should be out in the fall. Two other new songs ("Haywire" and "How Much Light") are on the set list but not played

May/July 13'
According to his twitter feed, Ryan stays very busy recording and producing during these months. He posts several pics of him hanging out and jamming with Don Was, Mike Viola, drummer - Kenny Aronoff, Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), and producer George Drakoulias.

August 13' 
Ryan posts on twitter that he is recording some "mystery jams" with Don Was at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles.

October 15th 2013 
The original release date for the follow-up to Ashes and Fire. This info was posted by Capital Records, and mentions that the record was produced by Glyn Johns. 

December 13' 
Local session drummer Marshall Vore (Olin & the Moon) posts on his tumblr page that he just finished laying down drum parts for between 20-30 new Ryan Adams songs. These recordings took place over the course of 3 months and several different sessions. Other musicians involved in these recording dates were Benmont Tench, bassist - Talk Wilkenfield, and drummer - Jeremy Stacey.


April 14' 
New summer concert dates are announced (including Ryan's first ever performance at the Newport Folk Festival)

May 14'
MusicTap.com posts that a new Ryan Adams album called Pax-Am will be released on August 19th via Blue Note Records.

May 14'
Ryan performs a private dinner show at the annual Music Biz Conference in Los Angeles. The performance was said to feature several new songs as well as his now infamous cover of "Holy Diver".

June 14'
BullMoose.com is taking pre-orders for the new album (simply titled Ryan Adams). Release date is listed as September 9th.

June 14' 
Mike Viola announces on his facebook page that he co-produced 7 songs with Ryan on the new album. He also plays on most of the tracks, and will be playing lead guitar during Ryan's upcoming tour this fall/winter (as well as the upcoming summer festival dates)

July 14' 
"Gimme Something Good" is released as the first single from the upcoming album. Two different versions of the single are released (each with a non-album b-side). Ryan mentions that this will be the first in a series of new 7" single releases.


  1. Holy Diver? Don't you mean Neutron Dance? And I don't think we're getting 2 different b-sides with the new single. Bull Moose changed their listing to "Aching for More."

    1. "Neurtron Dance" was played at a different conference...... thanks for the info on the b-sides changing

  2. is there any chance the 7 inch series will also get digital release?

    1. https://www.hmvdigital.ca/releases/3561923

  3. And what's "Stumblin' Through the Dark"? The song is called "Shining Through the Dark." See the "this is 40" soundtrack.

  4. Very nice summary....thanks