With less than a month until the release of Ryan Adams’ newest, self-titled album, it was time for the man to give us a taste of what to expect. With the album’s first single, released earlier this summer, and the accompanying music video, “Gimme Something Good” offers up just the tease we need. It sounds good, y’all. It sounds familiar, and perfect — and like the Adams we know and love.
To be fair, there was nothing particularly wrong with his previous album, 2011’s Ashes & Fire. It was as beautifully written and arranged as any of Adams’ former albums. It didn’t feel like rock, though. At least not the rolling, reverberating kind we’re used to from the now clean and sober performer. We loved it enough not to even question this slightly new direction, happy only to have new, awesome music from our favorite dude.
The release of “Gimme Something Good,” however, teases a return to his former self. Yes, there are traces of acoustic guitar in the bridge and choruses, but the core of the song sits in the lacing of gritty, raw guitar licks and Adams’ simple, pleading chorus. It’s true, followers: Adams is back. And, yes, that’s Elvira haunting him throughout the music video. It doesn’t get more rock than that.
This is the something good we’ve been waiting for and he’s bringing it to a city near you. After the release of the new album on Sept. 9, Adams is hitting the road, apparently putting his inner ear problems behind him, and touring some of the best venues in the land. From the 9:30 Club to the Peabody, Adams is making his way across the country, dishing out new tunes along the way.
Sept. 8 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Sept. 19 – London, England, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sept. 24 – Manchester, England, Albert Hall
Sept. 25 – Glasgow, Scotland, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Oct. 1 – Santa Barbara, California, Arlington Theatre
Oct. 3 – San Francisco, California, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Oct. 5 – Portland, Oregon, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oct. 6 – Seattle, Washington, Paramount Theatre
Oct. 7 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 9 – Edmonton, Alberta, Francis Winspear Centre
Oct. 10 – Calgary, Alberta, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct. 12 – Winnipeg, Alberta, Burton Cummings Theatre
Oct. 13 – Minneapolis, Minnesota, Northrop at the University of Minnesota
Oct. 14 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Riverside Theater
Oct. 16 – Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Theatre
Oct. 18 – Ames, Iowa, Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State Center
Oct. 19 – St. Louis, Missouri, Peabody Opera House
Oct. 20 – Kansas City, Missouri, Uptown Theater
Nov. 6 – Indianapolis, Indiana, Murat Theatre
Nov. 8 – Columbus, Ohio, Palace Theatre
Nov. 9 – Detroit, Michigan, The Fillmore
Nov. 11 – Cleveland, Ohio, State Theatre at Playhouse Square
Nov. 18 – Boston, Massachusetts, Wang Theatre
Nov. 19 – Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater
Enjoy his return and see you at the show.