On his solo effort "Heartbreaker," Whiskeytown's Ryan Adams just wants to have a good time with some friends. "To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high)" introduces an easygoing atmosphere, with its wailing blues guitar and tap-your-feet attitude. Midway through the disc, Adams takes a leisurely stroll through his deepest se-crets. ("I'm as calm as a fruit stand in New York and maybe as strange") And then it's on to wavering, drenched-pillow confessions: "I just wanna die without you/ honey I ain't nothing new," he sighs in "Call Me On Your Way Back Home."
In addition to his sometimes hearty, sometimes subtle voice, Adams has the tricky ability to write songs that kidnap your senses with a cozy familiarity. Then he'll bring in an odd chord, vocal inflection or string arrangement you'd never think would fit. He also doesn't hide his influences: a splash of Beatles, a dash of Dylan and a hint of Hank Sr. Adams is part of a fine class of musicians who swirl early country and early punk into an oh-so-tantalizing combo.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.