For quite a few years, I relied on Ryan Adams’ music to get me through some tough situations. From 2000’s Heartbreaker to 2011’s Ashes & Fire, I could always find the right song in his catalog to fit my frame of mind. And, yes, the Whiskeytown records are outstanding, too. With a natural blend of rock and alternative country, they were well ahead of their time.
Adams has been unusually quiet lately, so I’ve been getting my fix with those past projects. Listening to Ashes & Fire, it leaves me with a sense of anticipation because the material is among his strongest, both lyrically and melodically. The line about finding the keys in “Lucky Now” gets me every time because I can envision that dating scenario perfectly.
In my opinion, this North Carolina native is one of the most perceptive songwriters of his generation, and nobody writes a heartbreaker like Ryan Adams. In case you missed them, here are two music videos from Ashes & Fire — “Lucky Now” and “Chains of Love.”