Ryan Adams It's hard to believe that more people don't know or give props to this artist because he's one of the most prolific, hardest working, talented artist in music today! In fact, when I first started listening to him I found him at his rock phase. After being Alt-Countries front running artist Ryan had the cajones to drop the genre and come out guns blazing with an album of gritty rock anthems. After that c.d., it was listening to the rest of Ryan's catalog that got me to like alt-country for the first time which is a bridge that neither critic darlings Wilco or Son Volt never had me crossing. Ryan knows how to mix elements of folk, country, bluegrass together with a hard rocking delivery and a Punk attitude. He creates more music than most artist do in their lifetime and it always remains at a quality that both fans and critics have been happy with album after album. In 2005 alone he released three full albums (one containing 2 c.d.s) and each one had a different feel. Ryan bounces between his solo work and his band The Cardinals. By 2007, Ryan had declared himself drug (he did everything from weed to heroin on a regular basis) and alcohol free and it resulted with his most celebrated album in a long time with Easy Tiger. I own every c.d. Ryan has done since 2003 but I'm familiar with and am a fan of his earlier work as well! Here are my music highlights from this amazing artist! Heartbreaker (his debut) Come Pick Me Up w/ bonus cover of Down In A Hole (A note on the cover! Ryan had a heroin addiction just like Layne and I feel like he not only connects with it musically, he also does justice by giving it his own spin) Gold When The Stars Go Blue (covered by Tim McGraw but this is the original and real deal) Demolition Desire The above c.d.s are albums that I don't own (definitely own all by now!!!!) and can't represent as well as what I'll present in the next post! I just wanted to give a glimmer of his early work because from Rock N Roll on there is a divide I believe!