April 12, 2011

New Ryan Adams: “Dirty Rain”

Some of my favorite Ryan Adams songs have always been those where he lets that soulful, bluesy wail go (see: “Hotel Chelsea Nights”). I miss that lately with the more jammy sound he’s been pursuing with The Cardinals, so I was thrilled when a blogger posted this new song he performed back in October at a benefit for Dave Eggers’ 826LA charity. I’ve made an mp3 and the sound quality is pretty dang decent.

Dirty Rain (partial) – Ryan Adams



As one of my fellow Ryan Adams nerds assessed on the alt-country.org boards, “There is more soulful singing in those 2 minutes then on all of Cardinology or III/IV combined.” Agreed, and grateful.

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14 Comments »

  • Thanks for posting this! I can’t wait to hear the full song some day…hopefully it’ll make it on his next record.

    selena — April 13, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

  • thanks for the compliment, although my jammy jamz were extra terrestrial and this is totes different. don’t ever hate in the cardz!

    Spaceship Wolf — April 13, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

  • no hating here for the face-melting card(z)inals, an endeavor that rocks in its own right, just a preference for the gorgeous stuff like this. good on ya.

    browneheather — April 13, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  • this is pleasant. thanks mr. adams, and thanks for sharing heather.

    andrewlafayette — April 13, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  • Cannot wait for the new stuff, been missing some DRA….thanks Heather

    Michael O'Boyle — April 13, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

  • soul company.

    sara hill — April 13, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  • No hating the Cardinals. Just appreciating your wide variety of tools in your toolbox.

    Eric Peterson — April 13, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  • Can’t wait for the new album. Love me some Cards though! Nice site you have here……

    Curt — April 13, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  • cardinology is chock-full of soul – it’s just of a different breed: one of salvation and hope. Easy to look past if your ears are primed for the beautiful longing on past releases. I confess – I love all of RA’s work; I’ve been born into the light, so I got to defend it here. Thanks for this new one Fuel/Friends. great blog and keep bringing the goods!

    Scott S — April 13, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  • I bet Jennifer Lopez will never hear this song.

    ryan — April 14, 2011 @ 8:17 am

  • just gorgeous – welcomed back with open arms and missed like hell, love his music in almost whatever shape or band it comes in – he is one of a kind, thank you for posting this

    stardust6794 — April 14, 2011 @ 9:08 am

  • i do love me some cardinals but this is music to my ears. this man does *no wrong in my book.

    *almost

    katie — April 14, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

  • Thank you very much for posting this! I have to disagree, I think that Cardinology or III/IV is some of his best work. III/IV has been on repeat in the iphone for months and months. It’s such a wonderful record and means a LOT to me. I love the new song, but please don’t under mind Cardinology or III/IV.

    Larry — April 16, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  • WELL..agreed, but easily: the comparison is flawed as Cardinals III/IV must have been an entire practice room joke from the outset or a way to cash from the fans, by far the worst humdrum, insignificant badcollege-guitar rock of sorts R.A. has ever brought to light

    EtherealComa — April 25, 2011 @ 9:40 am

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