Posts Tagged ‘Don Was’

Ryan Adams  was in New Orleans on Saturday to worship The Rolling Stones with the one-off “Exile on Bourbon St.” concert, a full-album tribute to the Stones’ 1972 landmark album “Exile on Main Street”.

Ryan Adams was joined at the Saenger Theatre by a group of New Orleans musicians including Cyril Neville on percussion, John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood on keys and Terence Higgins of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on drums. Erstwhile Stones producer Don Was served as musical director and played bass. All 18 Exile On Main Street songs were on the set list, as was “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (which, of course, was actually on 1971’s Sticky Fingers). La Sera’s Todd Wisenbaker, who worked with Adams on his 1989 covers album, contributed guitar and backing vocals.

The performance featured some long jams on the songs Keith Richards probably would hate, and other moments of artistic license, like the honky-tonky swing of “Sweet Virginia” subbed out for a more ponderous alt-rock feel.

Adams did treat fans to a couple of extra tunes in the encore, including ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ from 1971’s Sticky Fingers, and ‘The Worst’, from 1994’s Voodoo Lounge.

Exile On Main St. was released back in May of 1972 after being recording the previous year while The Rolling Stones were living in France as tax exiles. Touching on a wide variety of topics and themes while utilising a number of musical styles, the album has often been considered by many music critics as one of the group’s finest works, and one of the greatest albums of all time.

Earlier in the week, Adams tweeted a photo of his telecaster and some crib notes for the 18 songs that would make up the show, writing. “The hardest Rolling Stones songs to learn are weirdly the ones with the least chord changes.”

Some of the songs were performed faithfully, though others were given a new tempo or some extra jangle. “Sweet Virginia,” for one, was slowed way down and played more as a ballad than a country stomper. Watch the band perform that one, plus “Tumbling Dice” and a nine-minute version of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.”

The iconic singer-songwriter Ryan Adams headlined his Exile on Bourbon St. an incredible group of musicians performed one of the greatest albums in music history, Exile on Main St., in its entirety. “I’ve listened to all the multi-track tapes from the EXILE period and it’s not hyperbolic to say that this is probably the greatest rock ‘n roll ever recorded! I can’t wait to dig deep into these songs with The Mighty Ryan Adams and this incredible group of musicians,” says Don Was,

exile on bourbon st

Gregg Allman's 'Southern Blood'

Gregg Allman’s final LP “Southern Blood” will be released posthumously on September 8th and the first track is now available to stream in the form of the song “My Only True Friend.”

Co-written with longtime musical director Scott Sharrard,  The song recalls stories from Allman’s past with brother Duane. “I never told him because I didn’t want to spook him,” Sharrard said of writing the song with Duane in mind. “Since his brother was such an important figure in his life.”

The album also includes a number of covers including the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River” along with songs from Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Jackson Browne and others. “He loved the guys in the Dead,” Sharrard said of Allman’s relationship with the band. “But I don’t know if that writing style was his bag in general. But he warmed up to the tune and in the end he thought, ‘Man, I kinda love this song.’”


Produced by Don Was with the help of longtime friend and manager Michael Lehman, Southern Blood is the first new material from Gregg Allman, who died this May.

Gregg Allman’s final studio album “Southern Blood” – coming September 8th, 2017.


Ryan Adams performed an acoustic version of “Gimme Something Good” last night on The Late Late Show, which was guest hosted by Judd Apatow. He was accompanied by legendary musician Don Was for a somber rendition of the Ryan Adams track.

The performance happened on the same day that it was announced Adams and Mandy Moore filed for a divorce. US Weekly has a statement from Moore’s rep that reads, “Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have mutually decided to end their marriage of almost 6 years… It is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time.”
In context, you can understand why this performance is so much heavier than other performances we’ve seen of the song. With Ryan Adams on acoustic guitar and Don Was on upright bass, the two turn the original into a model of haunting beauty. Ryan gently strums the song while Don lays the bass foundation. The vocals highlight the song, as Ryan delivers them with emotion and determination.

“Gimme Something Good” is the first track from Ryan Adams’ 2014 self-titled release,