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Where It's At
Mysterious and moody singer-songwriter Ryan Adams
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

RYAN ADAMS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 - 8 PM
PARAMOUNT THEATRE $25-$30


On September 7, 2001 Ryan Adams taped the music video for his single "New York" in, of all places, New York City. Four days later, the events of 9/11 would bring the world to a standstill. Initially intended as a personal ode to the Big Apple, Adams' song became a healing mechanism for those who lived in, wished they lived in, or simply adored the city that apparently never sleeps. Adams went on to score a Grammy nomination for that track, the first of several Grammy nods, and planted himself firmly on the folk-rock scene. Often compared to Neil Young, the North Carolina-born singer-songwriter creates music that is raw, deeply affectionate, and downright gut-wrenching, save room for once-in-a-while inspirational.

It's unfair to categorize Adams because he can easily be called a country artist, evidenced by the track "Two" on his newest effort Easy Tiger. Part folk, part country, lots of rock and roll, and a touch of pop make him one of the most eclectic musicians today and one of the most pursued on the road. His concerts sell out almost immediately, and fans know the lyrics to every song from radio singles to B-sides. But the odd thing about Ryan Adams is that he's, uh, odd. He's been rumored to cancel performances within short notice for no particular reason, even postponing an entire tour due to falling off a stage. Tegan and Sara, the Lesbian duo who opened a string of shows for Adams years ago, once told me that he hid underneath a table at a restaurant and proceeded to have a conservation with them from down below. I find that a little strange. But hey, I'm not one to judge.

Weird as he may be, Adams is an incredible singer-songwriter. Gold and Jacksonville City Nights are under-appreciated classics, albums you can wrap your brain and heart around at the same time. At the Paramount Theatre, Adams is sure to give an amazing performance. This marks the second tour behind Easy Tiger, and considering Seattle is home to some of his most devoted supporters (he knows this, hence the many times he's played here), Adams is a solid pick for this weekend's live entertainment calendar. When he decides to wash and comb his hair and slip on a decent pair of pants, Adams is a sight to behold. Yet, he seems to prefer the disheveled image - and for a man with great mystery and spontaneity, a bit of dishevelment suits him just fine. At press time, only 20 tickets remained for this concert.

Artist essentials: Watch the video for "New York" on YouTube, and grab a copy of Easy Tiger.
You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVVB2Xq65xQ

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