October 1, 2011

may you one day carry me home (Ryan Adams in Denver)

I have been eyes-closed for an hour, blissfully listening to this recording of Ryan Adams at Denver’s Civic Theatre two weeks ago. It’s been the only sound in my house other than my bare foot tapping on the wood floor and the occasional profanity I’ve been yelling over how so very very very good this recording is.

When Ryan Adams played that rainy Thursday night, I couldn’t go to the show because I was hosting a marvelous candlelit little house concert of my own, but when I saw the setlist I near-doubled over at how flawless it had been. If I could have hand-picked a setlist, and then hand-picked the ways I wanted him to sing the songs (you know how sometimes you know an artist’s live catalog so well that you want the melody to go up at that one point in the song, like he did in Sweden that one time but not on the record? yeah, he did that), this recording would be the result. Ryan’s voice is perfect. The versions are inspired and heartbreakingly gorgeous.

I feel like using my blockbuster movie announcer voice to say, “If you download ONE Ryan Adams show this year, MAKE IT THIS ONE.” Holy shit, so good.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

- intro -
Oh My Sweet Carolina
(oh ho, he STARTED with this?!)
Ashes and Fire
- banter 1 -
My Winding Wheel
- banter 2 -
If I Am A Stranger
Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains)
Invisible Riverside
Let It Ride
- banter 3 -
Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)
- banter 4 -
Dirty Rain
Everybody Knows
Please Do Not Let Me Go
Lucky Now
New York, New York
(reinvented. piano. whoa)
Blue Hotel
To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)
English Girls Approximately
(are you kidding me?!)
Carolina Rain

- encore banter -
Jacksonville Skyline
16 Days
This House Is Not For Sale (false start)
This House Is Not For Sale
Rescue Blues
(this could be the best version of this song I’ve EVER heard)
Come Pick Me Up


Thanks to Denver taper SxPxDxCx for making my season. Head over to his blog and thank him too.


  • New York, New York is destroying me.

    kc — October 2, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  • Holy crap. I guess we can officially call it a comeback!

    Thom Lyons — October 2, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  • WOW, WOW, WOW! Thank you for sharing, thank SxPxDxCx for taping!

    aims — October 2, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  • Downloading with anticipation. I get the feeling Ryan has turned a really important corner in his career and we are heading into a really good spell with him. I read an interview yesterday which was the most positive, honest and clear-headed thing I’ve heard from him in years. That might mean less heavy metal concept albums but should hopefully mean some great music and concerts ahead.

    Speaking of great live versions – I don’t know whether you’ve buried the hatchet with Pearl Jam or not, but as a long time fan you must hear the PJ20 soundtrack – there is some amazing stuff there. Songs that I’d become quite desensitized to given a whole new spin e.g, Garden, Black. I appreciate why you aren’t giving them any coverage these days but have a private listen!

    Danny — October 2, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

  • [...] you to Fuel/Friends for the heads [...]

    Download It: Ryan Adams Live at Su Teatro, Denver | The Ruckus — October 2, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

  • that night was certainly a highlight of my life. happy to be able to relive it again through this recording. thanks heather!

    Holly — October 2, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  • What a perfect concert. Thanks for sharing!

    Jared Bakewell — October 2, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

  • thanks so much for sharing! this is amazing.

    Selena — October 2, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

  • THANKYOU for posting this! Just got tickets to see him in December (Mpls) Excited!

    thevandalstookmyhandle — October 2, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

  • I had never given him much thought but I played the first song of this show and it automatically played the second and I found myself listening to the whole show! Very mellow, lovely tunes. Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah — October 2, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

  • AWESOME! I’m having trouble with the download. It will download and go into my itunes but then when I go to play the songs, I get an error message saying “original song cannot be found” I have had this issue for awhile. Anyone know the problem?

    emily — October 3, 2011 @ 5:49 am

  • where would my music tastes be without you?:)

    JWinckel — October 3, 2011 @ 7:35 am

  • WOW! What a setlist. Thanks for sharing. We have very very similar taste in music. Love your blog since 2007 and I have you to thank for turning me on to Josh Ritter, who now is my neighbor in Brooklyn. Go figure. Anyway keep up the great work.

    Mike — October 3, 2011 @ 10:06 am

  • Great to see Jacksonville Skyline back.

    TW — October 3, 2011 @ 10:39 am

  • [...] DO NOT MISS THIS : Ryan Adams from a show in Denver a few weeks back – amazing, staggering fantastic show via Fue… [...]

    ryan on cat // Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - This Is Somewhere — October 3, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  • Wow, this is so good. Thanks for posting it. :)

    Liz — October 3, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  • I find it absolutely unbelievable that his voice somehow got better! It’s now almost unfairly awesome. It’s more mature and evocative. It feels older, more truly and authentically twangy, less whiny and nasally. Spectacular.

    Koan — October 3, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  • 16 Days!!!!!! Whoa.

    jessie — October 5, 2011 @ 1:49 am

  • Awesome setlist and sound. Someone is asleep & snoring though… WTF! I think it’s the bootlegger.

    kd — October 5, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  • thank you! It’s nice to know Ryan is returning to form after so long out of it.

    zh. — October 5, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

  • Love this recording…except that it sounds like the person recording fell into a contented sleep around ‘Let it Ride’…some regular, heavy breathing there… haha

    ala — October 6, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  • Glad you all like the recording. I assure you that I was wide awake for the whole show. Sorry for the loud breathing.

    SxPxDxCx — October 6, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

  • [...] Fuel/Friends has a fantastic recording of the intimate show Ryan Adams played in Denver recently. So much good stuff in this set. Don’t forget, his new album comes out tomorrow. [...]

    Monday Links | songsfortheday — October 10, 2011 @ 6:47 am

  • Heather,

    Thank you for this.

    Greetings from the Philippines

    lunchbox — October 10, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  • i’m with jessie–

    16 days?!!? 16 DAYS!??! WHA?????!!!!!

    can’t wait to listen. thx so damn much.

    xury32 — October 11, 2011 @ 7:34 am

  • [...] I actually found this recording via ‘I Am Fuel, You Are Friends’ blog as she conveniently uploaded each track individually and is also hosting the complete show if you have any problems with the original downloads linked above.  See her post HERE. [...]

    Song of the Day: "Come Pick Me Up" from Ryan Adams — October 16, 2011 @ 9:43 am

  • To Emily – it sounds like you haven’t imported the songs into your iTunes library. Under ‘File’, go to ‘Add file to library’. Try that and good luck.

    dk — October 17, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

  • H

    Thanks for this – saw the man Adams in Manchester recently and he was awesome. The set list at this show is better but the banter was funnier. Hope you and your are well.

    Life is good.

    Chris (always a viewer)

    Chris Jacques — October 24, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

  • LOL! Thanks for clarifying that you were in fact awake during the recording SxPxDxCx :)

    jessie — October 26, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  • Hey thanks for this. I’m just in the door fromseeing Ryan in Edinburgh..great show but your setlist better

    keith — October 30, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  • Hell, I stil love you fuelfriendsblog!! Thanks for sharing this one! Going to his gig this saterday in Brussels, looking forward to it very much.
    There is one recording from Ryan Adams in das haus 2006, it’s for sure the most played music in my ears. You can find it on Archive.org. That recording is sacred for me maybe this one will become to.

    Robin — November 2, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

  • Amazing, have been listening to this for months. For newcomers to RA, this would be a perfect compilation.

    Matt — March 18, 2012 @ 6:54 am

  • Thanks for the FANTASTIC post! This information is really good and thanks a ton for sharing it :-) I m looking forward desperately for the next post of yours.

    online spanish lessons — May 9, 2012 @ 4:51 am

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