Quotes About Ryan Adams

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Bryan Adams

JP Bowersock

Neal Casal

Cindy Cashdollar

Gideon Coe

Sheryl Crow

Mike Daly

Britt Daniel

Robbie Fulks

Jon Graboff

Elton John

Ethan Johns

Stephen King

Dave Matthews

Rhett Miller

Fabrizio Moretti

Willie Nelson

Brad Pemberton

Parker Posey

LeAnn Rimes

Chris Stamey

Johnny T.

Paul Westerberg

Jack White

Elijah Wood


Bryan Adams

"People's confusion over the names probably happens more to him than to me. I'm sure there are people who go to see his show and think they're going to see me, because they think there might be an error in the spelling. But he's great." (People - July 11, 2005)

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JP Bowersock

"The reason he makes so many records is that he wants to capture his songs as close to the moment of inspiration as possible." (Relix - August 2005)

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Neal Casal

"The drugs aren't the person, the person is the person. We discovered that when he finished his whole trip - it was like nothing really changed! Ryan got sober, and he's still unpredictable. None of the excitement left because it was there beforehand. It's good news that [the chaos] wasn't a 'thing'. It's not like, 'God, I wish Aerosmith would start doing drugs again.'" (Blackbook - October/November 2007)

"We have to be open to anything at anytime - all of us. There's a lot of raw belief involved. Any cliff that Ryan wants to jump off of isn't too high. Nobody is afraid of anything. Ryan put together the band of his dreams, and we've turned into our own little traveling gang. This lineup is totally impenetrable." (Blackbook - October/November 2007)

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Cindy Cashdollar

"Ryan Adams is very hard to describe musically, which is great; that's the kind of music I like to do. When we were recording the Cold Roses project, he very much wanted the Jerry Garcia type of steel sound." (Relix - February/March 2007)

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Gideon Coe

"This album [Love Is Hell] sounds like his old band Whiskeytown. He oscillates between great records like this and rubbish like Rock N Roll, so it's hard to say you're a fan. He's always cancelling shows too, isn't he? Breaking his arm or getting a sore throat. He was due on our show and, lo and behold, he cancels that too. Talented but irritating, I'd say." (Word - September 2005)

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Sheryl Crow

"He's a real throwback to the old outlaws like Willie [Nelson] and Johnny Cash." (People - September 12, 2005)

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Mike Daly

"We used to listen to that shit all the time. One time, Ryan bought a Pretty Boy Floyd tape at a truckstop, and we were cranking it in the van. And Caitlin, fuckin' flipping out, took the tape and threw it out the window." (Blurt - Summer 2009)

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Britt Daniel

"It's Ryan Adams, isn't it? Yeah it sounds so like, 'I wanna be a star!' I likd Whiskeytown though; I really liked their records. The first time I saw them was [when they taped] Austin City Limits. It was great. This new Ryan adams record is not something I would ever listen to." (Harp - September/October 2007)

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Robbie Fulks

"I like Ryan. Of course, I like all drunk little pricks with warmed-over Seventies folk-rock acts." (Rolling Stone - November 28, 2002)

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Jon Graboff

"I've been playing in bands for a long time, but I've never encountered anybody quite like Ryan. The sheer volume of material that he's able to conjure up on a steady basis is amazing. And the quality of it. I've watched him write a song in fifteen minutes, and then we'll record it. I've worked with plenty of people who'd spend a year working on a tune, and it wouldn't be half as good."

"Sometimes, I can see Ryan movin' his foot in a certain direction, and I know what song he's gonna play." (Paste - November 2007)

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Elton John

"He's the most talented young artist I've heard in decades." (Rolling Stone - November 22, 2001)

"I would be interested to hear someone like Jack White or Ryan Adams do a protest song, or something that addresses the moment. Jack is so clever and really has his finger on the pulse, and I'm excited whenever Ryan does anything." (Interview - July 2004)

"He's just a rough diamond – sharp, witty, and a brilliant songwriter." (Q - August 2004)

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Ethan Johns

"He was drinking a lot, not sleeping much, and not bathing a great deal. But he's incredibly creative. The first time we recorded together, he turned up with 100 songs - literally." (Q - September 2007)

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Stephen King

"Ryan Adams can do just about everything, okay?" (Entertainment Weekly - April 29/May 6, 2005)

(On "La Cienega Just Smiled") - "Strange, rich imagery from one of alt-country's most gifted songwriters." (Entertainment Weekly - May 9, 2008)

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Dave Matthews

"I was thinking the other day if I could write a nice song about the word fuck. It's such a great word and such an ancient word. Ryan Adams and Liz Phair are good at putting fuck into songs. It's so beautiful and conversational. You need a certain kind of confidence. I don't think I have the cool." (Rolling Stone - January 22, 2004)

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Rhett Miller

"His ambition is unbelievable. That's always the talking point about him, is that he's so prolific. But I know a lot of people who write that much. Ryan's good, he's certainly figured out how to do it. He just sells it man. He's done really well in the U.K. He once told me when we were going to tour there, 'You just gotta go over there and act like you own the shit.' I was laughing and said, 'Well, Ryan, that's been your M.O. from day one, just acting like you own the shit; everybody else is just in your way.' I've known Ryan since he was 17 or 18, and yeah, he's a very driven individual. Although as author Rick Moody says in The Ice Storm, 'Ambition is the ice on the surface of the lake of the soul.' I may be getting that quote slightly wrong, but I always think of it whenever I see a people that that are so driven. I can't begrudge Ryan anything. I feel like the two of us sometimes get compared. He has worked so hard it seems to me, and sometimes I feel that I should have worked harder, but in place of that I have a wife that I really love and a kid, and I've maintained something of a normal life in addition to my rock 'n' roll life. And I'm not sure how much Ryan has done that. I just hope he doesn't take it so far that he can't survive his own rock 'n' roll existence." (Harp - September/October 2004)

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Fabrizio Moretti

In regards to Ryan drinking with The Strokes:

"There's five of us and only one of him. Kudos to him for being able to keep up with us." (Rolling Stone - September 19, 2002)

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Willie Nelson

"Ryan did a heck of a job. He worked hard day and night on that thing for months to get it right. And he deserves all the credit." (Harp - December 2006)

"I had known Ryan, and I knew he was somebody with a lot of talent who sang well. I wasn't that familiar with his type of music, but I thought, 'Why not?' How hard can it be?" (Harp - December 2006)

"One of the things Ryan said that I thought was interesting is, 'We're making music for the video set.' I said, 'Well, okay, I've never thought of it that way.' I knew that he was coming from an entirely different situation than I was, because my background was country and western/western swing, ya know, the old traditional things, and this was not traditional." (Harp - December 2006)

"It was Luke Lewis from Lost Highway Records that suggested we get together and do something, and I respect Luke a lot. I wasn't that familiar with Ryan, to be honest with you. I saw him a time or two, but I figured that he was coming from one [musical] place, I was coming from another, and we could kind of meet in the middle and work it out - and it really seemed like we did. His sound was, as everybody knows, a little different from what mine is, but we managed to come together well" (American Songwriter - January/February 2007)

"Well, we're both kind of out there, so we kind of met on a different altitude somewhere. I love him to death. I think he's a great artist. Naturally, he's a little weird; we all gotta be a little weird to be in this kind of business anyway, but his weirdness is associated with a lot of ingenious things that he's doing." (American Songwriter - January/February 2007)

"He's a good writer." (American Songwriter - January/February 2007)

"I enjoyed working with Ryan - he's a little squirrelly guy, so I could relate to him really good." (Performing Songwriter - March/April 2008)

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Brad Pemberton

"Ryan's got endless enthusiasm and optimism, but at the same time he's a sensitive guy and can't help but feel he's been roughed up by life." (Blackbook - October/November 2007)

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Parker Posey

"You have never eaten humble pie in your life! I know that you look at all your websites to see what people are saying about you." (Interview - December/January 2004)

"You're such a dork." (Interview - December/January 2004)

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LeAnn Rimes

"'Come Pick Me Up' by Ryan Adams. It's the most honest song I have heard in a long time. It breaks my heart to hear the addiction to someone's love and the forgiveness of anything, just because you need to feel them once more. (Q - September 2006)

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Chris Stamey

"A friend of mine told me about this guy who was kind of a country singer, but who he thought was pretty good. We went to this party, and the band playing there was one of those bands Ryan had. So after seeing Ryan there for a couple of songs, I sent this ridiculous message to Scott Litt, who had started Outpost Records, saying I'd seen the future of rock 'n' roll. I was kind of kidding, but I really thought Ryan was great. Then I found out there was a band, Whiskeytown, and didn't know anything about that side of it, but thought they were all great. Nothing happened for like two years, and I kept bugging [Outpost], and in the meantime a number of labels decided they were incredibly great. Finally, there was this big bidding war, and Whiskeytown end up on Scott's label after all. In the meantime, I'm making demos with them. I think they'd never recorded. I have a lot of demos where I’d miss the first beat because they’d do things like just start without letting me know. I remember the first day the song 'Factory Girl' just brought me to tears. I recorded them a ton and almost none of it ever came out, except maybe a couple of full records worth of bootlegs. It's a cliché about Ryan being prolific, but that was my experience when he was down here, and I can only assume that it's true of other studios in New York. Even though people really rate him highly, if they could hear everything, he'd have even more fans." (The Big Takeover - Issue #56)

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Johnny T.

"I mean, he can write a song, you know? That's not hard for that kid. He's got some kind of weird musical photographic memory. I mean, he's talented. You know, he can play, he can sing. But he has this other thing that works in tandem with his natural talent." (GQ - December 2003)

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Paul Westerberg

"I've never heard [Adams'] music, never even seen him – I think I've seen one photograph of him. So if he walked by, I wouldn’t even know him." (Harp - December 2004)

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Jack White

I really don't have an opinion about that guy. I don't even know what to say." (Spin - March 2003)

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Elijah Wood

"I love his songs. But sometimes I wish he wouldn't talk so much." (Blender - March 2004)

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