A prolific artist whose work frequently crosses between the worlds of rock, pop, folk, and country, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ryan Adams[/lastfm] is one of the most compelling–not to mention versatile–singer songwriters in contemporary music. So we’re proud to announce that he will take the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater for a Live on Letterman webcast on Monday, December 5.
The full-concert showcase will feature songs from his latest album, Ashes & Fire, as well as from throughout his substantial career. The concert starts at 8pm Eastern (6pm Central, 5pm Pacific), and you can watch it right here or on CBS.com.
Ryan Adams was barely 20 years old when he first made a splash in 1994 as leader [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Whiskeytown[/lastfm], an alt-country band out of North Carolina that crafted a ragged yet deeply heartfelt, punk-influenced sound (inspiration came clearly from bands like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Replacements[/lastfm] as well as country-rock godfather [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gram Parsons[/lastfm]).
Six years later Whiskeytown had split up and Adams was shifting away from honky tonk and deeper into rock and roll. Over the past 11 years he’s released a series of strong (and critically acclaimed) solo albums, both under his own name (starting with the now-classic Heartbreaker and popular follow-up Gold) and with his band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Cardinals[/lastfm] (including Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Nights, and 2010′s III/IV).
Though he’s known for some truly mindblowing sit-down solo shows, when it comes to making music, Adams hasn’t been one to stay in one place for very long. In addition to his own substantial catalog, for instance, he’s also proved to be a sought-after producer and collaborator, working with artists from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elton John[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Norah Jones[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Weezer[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mandy Moore[/lastfm] (whom he married in 2009) to country icons [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Willie Nelson[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Rawlings[/lastfm] (who cowrote songs with Adams on Heartbreaker) and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Emmylou Harris[/lastfm].
[pullquote quote="It was the most collaborative experience I've ever had. " credit="Adams, on working with Glyn Johns"]This past October Adams released his 13th album, Ashes & Fire. Though produced by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Glyn Johns[/lastfm], a man responsible for some of the most enduring rock albums of the last several decades (Who’s Next and Exile on Main Street, among others), it’s a surprisingly low-key affair. The songs, however, are not only gorgeous but to sort that can silence a room immediately with their soulful intensity. Ashes & Fire is proof that powerful songs don’t always need a loud voice in order to be heard.
Be sure to catch an exclusive Live on Letterman concert webcast with Ryan Adams on Monday, Dec. 5 starting at 8pm ET (5pm PT), right here or on CBS.com.
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