There's so much happening right now in the world of Ryan Adams, so strap yourself in for a long update................
The New Ryan Adams Album - "Prisoner" is due out on February 17th! Below is a quick rundown of different versions of the new album that will be available on 2/17 as well as promotions and other surprises related to the release. There will likely be more to come..
The End of World Edition is the most extreme version of the new record and costs $150. This box set release featuring 12 7" singles (one for each song on Prisoner plus 17 exclusive b-sides), a fold-out stage with working lights, 2D action figures of the new band, as well as some other hidden surprises. Twelve copies of the set will also include an extremely limited 7" single that Ryan recorded on an old Voice-o-Graph machine at Electric Lady Studios in NYC (Only 1 copy exists of each of these!). 5000 copies of the set were made and is available for purchase HERE.
Prisoner Deluxe Bundle starts at $55 and includes a puzzle, t-shirt, slipmat, and choice of the new album on CD, vinyl, or digital. Available HERE.
Prisoner and Tee Bundle starts at $25 - Available HERE.
Amoeba Records in Hollywood - Buy the album at Amoeba and you'll get a limited edition poster and free ticket to an in-store performance on 2/22 (while supplies last)! More info can be found HERE.
Limited Edition Red Vinyl version of the album can be purchased at most indie record stores. The red version is limited to 4000 copies.
Several indie record stores such as Newbury Comics will be giving away a Signed Prisoner CD Booklet with purchase of the new album.
Barnes and Noble will put out a version of the new record with an Alternate 'Apple Bong' Cover. Available HERE.
Lastly the Japanese Import Version of Prisoner appears to have a bonus track although no word yet as to what song it is. More info can be found HERE.
Beats 1 Radio Interview with Zane Lowe (1/19) - Zane Lowe premiers Ryan's latest single - "Doomsday". He also does a 20 minute interview with him where they discuss the new album, the stories behind "Shiver and Shake" and "Do You Still Love Me", his side project - Ad Company, his recent work with Liz Phair and Jenny Lewis, and talks about the possibility of a Whiskeytown reunion.
BBC Radio 6 Interview with Lauren Laverne (1/24) - Ryan talks about the making of his new album, songwriting, producing Jenny Lewis, working with Don Was, and mentions he's working on 2 new books (one about Whiskeytown's early years and the other a science fiction novel). He also plays solo acoustic versions of "To Be Without You" and "Do You Still Love Me".
The Radio 2 Arts Show with Jonathan Ross, BBC Radio 2 (1/26) - Jonathan Ross always does a great interview. Informative and pretty funny. Ryan talks about the new album, his Taylor Swift cover album - 1989, pinball, cats, Treadwells bookstore, and plays a buried treasure (Greg Sage's "Straight Ahead").
BBC Breakfast, BBC 1 News Show (1/28 - see below)
The Radio Leary Show with Jo Whiley, BBC Radio 2 (1/28) - Jo Whiley filled in for Dermot O'Leary and interviewed Ryan about the new album, his love of films, his recent divorce, and his early upbringing. He also plays solo acoustic versions of "Doomsday" and a cover of Radioheads' "Karma Police".
Rolling Stone Magazine Australia (February 2017 Edition) - features a 6 page cover story about the new album. Available for purchase HERE.
Uncut Magazine UK (March 2017 Edition) - Also features a 6 page article on the new album. More info can be found HERE.
On the Horizon........... CBS Sunday Morning with Anthony Mason (filmed on 12/19).......... WTF Podcast with Marc Maron (taped on 1/18 - www.wtfpod.com)........... BBC Radio 6 Interview with Mary Anne Hobbs airing on 2/4.
All the Other News, Videos, and Random Info You Handle.........
- Ryan has been working with a lot of other artists recently at Pax-Am. Most notably he produced and played guitar on a new double album for Liz Phair in January. The album was recorded very quickly and is said to harken back to her classic "Exile in Guyville" album. The record also features Don Was on bass, Nate Lotz on drums, and Charlie Stavish engineering the sessions........ Jenny Lewis has returned to Pax-Am on several occasions to lay down demos for her next album. Ryan has been heavily praising her new songs as having the same spirit of Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde". He also mentions that they are planning to add strings to a lot of the songs........... Lastly, Ryan mentioned that he produced a new album for an up and coming glammy psychedelic hard rock group called Starcrawler.
- Ruby Amanfu is a talented singer-songwriter from Ghana worth keeping an ear out for this year. She sang on Beyonce's recent album and also has a new record due out this year that features contributions from Ryan Adams. Two songs that she co-wrote with Ryan were performed at her Newport Folk Festival set last year which can be streamed HERE.
- Ryan Adams in collaboration with JHS Pedals is putting out his signature guitar effects pedal this Spring. The easy-to-use pedal features most of the Johnny Marr inspired guitar effects that he can be heard playing on such albums as Love is Hell, Rock n Roll, Prisoner, and his self titled album. The pedal is priced at $269. More info can be found HERE.
- In December, BBC Channel 4 aired an excellent hour long show called "The Great Songwriters". The hour-long episode featured an in-depth chat with Ryan Adams and went into great detail about his songwriting process. He also writes a song on the spot, and performs solo acoustic versions of 4 songs ("Gimme Something Good", "My Wrecking Ball", "Broken Anyway", and "Tightrope"). This was by far one of the most illuminating shows I've ever seen on Ryan and I highly recommend it as essential viewing for fans and aspiring singer-songwriters. You can watch the whole thing HERE.
A Prairie Home Companion, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA (1/21/17) - Really great performance from Ryan and friends. He performs "To Be Without You", "Doomsday", "Ashes and Fire", and "I Love You But I Don't Know What to Say" with backing from Chris Thile of Nickel Creek on mandolin and Kacey Musgraves on backing vocals.
Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW, Los Angeles, CA (8/1/16) - 35 minute broadcast that includes 3 solo acoustic songs ("Lucky Now", "New York New York", and "My Winding Wheel") plus an interview. Topics include touring, writing songs, his recent visit to the Dischord Records house, the Heartbreaker reissue, and his next album.
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI (7/23/16) - Ryan performed this show with Nicki Bluhm and the Infamous Stringdusters backing him. This was one of only a few shows that featured this lineup. This set was full of surprises including covers of Slayer and Black Sabbath plus some rarely played songs from throughout his career.
The Official Music Video of "Do You Still Love Me?"
Lil Bub's Big Show with Ryan Adams