Ryan Adams @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – Saturday 28th February 2015

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Review and photos by Russ Powney

Songsmith and troubadour Ryan Adams meandered almost apologetically on stage, picked up his
guitar and began 2 hours of magic and mystery. Dimly lit and surrounded by an eclectic mix of odds and ends including swords and 80’s style arcade gaming machines the scene was set to lead us through his extensive catalogue. One could argue Ryan is a one man music machine, his productivity including 14 solo albums, countless singles and EPs plus fronting cult Alt Rock band Whiskeytown proves testimony to his core strength, that of just writing songs, and damn fine ones at that.

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

Opening with ‘Gimme Something Good’ and sprinkling no less than 5 more tracks from his latest release and eponymous album, Ryan Adams, no time is wasted, the odd nod of appreciation, but effectively it’s non stop all the way. Beautifully crafted and delivered the music is sublime and seemingly effortless, creating a wonderful atmosphere which is really quite beguiling.

There has been much written about his onstage demeanour; his music has always been mesmerising, but there was always something of a distraction when the “artist” did something out of turn. It would appear that things have changed for the better; now we have a cleaner, more simplified singer with music to the fore and less complicated lines – just songs, no disruption and on tonight’s performance we are all the better for it.

Setlist:
1. Gimme Something Good
2. Let It Ride
3. Stay With Me
4. Dirty Rain
5. Dear Chicago
6. This House Is Not For Sale
7. Everybody Knows
8. My Winding Wheel
9. Magnolia Mountain
10. New York New York
11. Kim
12. Two
13. My Wrecking Ball
14. I Just Might
15. I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say
16. Your Fool
17. Oh My Sweet Carolina
18. La Cienega Just Smiled
19. Trouble
20. Stars Go Blue
21. I See Monsters
22. Come Pick Me Up

See more of Russ’ photos from the show here