RYAN ADAMS – The Great Songwriters Interview

Posted: December 23, 2016 in MUSIC
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Hear Ryan Adams' Lonesome New Folk-Rock Song 'To Be Without You'

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Peerlessly prolific, multi-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ryan Adams deconstructs his songwriting process, creating a new song on camera, and plays a selection of classic and exclusive new tracks

Ryan Adams is mining an unexpected influence hard rock icons AC/DC for the sonic design of his upcoming 16th LP,”When I run, I listen to [an iPod] Nano that I have,” the singer-songwriter “I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I’ll listen to the best of stuff from the ’80s: Springsteen, or [Nick] Hornsby, and I’ll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC’s Fly on the Wall, and that’s when I realized what I had to do for the record.”

Last fall, Adams said his next album would feature material inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town and the Smith’s Meat Is Murder. But he’s since added several disparate influences into the mix – including classic rock acts Bachman-Turner Overdrive (“Takin’ Care of Business,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”) and pop hit-makers Electric Light Orchestra, both of whom helped expand his guitar production expertise.
“I was like, ‘Wow!’ I understand the multicolored guitar tone moments now,” he said. “You can layer stuff. I really just learned a lot.”

The songwriter ended up with “quite literally 80 [songs] probably more!” but trimmed down the track list to 12, working alongside producer Don Was. “How do I make a real distinct record where anybody listens to it and says, ‘That’s the truth from beginning to end?'” he said. “So it’s like exercise. It sucks in the beginning. But then you get into it.”

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