That snarly, wild piece of wall art is a limited edition Ryan Adams lithograph, hand-numbered out of 100, that I have to give away. It would fit nicely if you live in Alaska, or maybe have one of those urban-wolf decoration schemes. It also showcases (assumedly) Ryan’s hand quite nicely, and . . . it’s cool.
The contest also includes a copy of the Easy Tiger album, which I have been enjoying quite often these last few weeks. Although it has not risen to “absolute gem” status for me yet, I definitely think that it is a familiar step into a very good direction for Ryan. There is, as you have likely read in any of a dozen other reviews, a greater focus from Ryan here and a tighter feel to the album.
It is still Ryan, though, so it wanders some (though not unpleasantly) and feels a little bit jarring to me in places. But all nine of his albums have always varied wildly in their style and mood from one to the next. From burnished alt-country, to gorgeously sad rock ballads, to humid Southern jams, to squealing punk, Ryan doesn’t stay the same and I do appreciate that creativity. I hope Easy Tiger does very good things for him; combined with a newfound sobriety, I also hope that he delivers a string of focused live shows to reinforce that talent and convert a new round of folks to his musically-winning ways.
TO WIN THE PACKAGE: Since I’ve been in a pensive lyric mood lately, I would like to discuss your favorite lyric ever penned by Mr. Ryan Adams. I will pick a winner this weekend, make sure to give me a way to contact you.
RYAN ADAMS TOUR DATES
26 – New York, NY – Hiro Ballroom
28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
29 – Boston, MA – Somerville Theater
10 – Charlottesville, VA – Paramount Theatre
11 – Louisville, KY – Brown Theatre
12 – Germantown, TN – Germantown Performing Arts Center
14 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
19 – Los Angeles, CA – Wilshire Ebell
21 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
23 – San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre
24 – Berkeley, CA – Berkeley Community Theater
26 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
27 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
28 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
31 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
2 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre (AAA Records & Radio conf)
3 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre