Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams is the Pick of the Week

The return of Ryan Adams and new music from Robert Plant top #NewMusicTuesday
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Ryan Adams is nothing if not prolific. Since 2000 he has released 14 albums.  In 2005 alone he released three separate albums (so one forgives him if afterwards his schedule slowed down a bit.)  In 2009 he got married to Mandy Moore and was diagnosed with Ménière's disease, an inner ear disorder and retired from music.

Pretty much no one thought that would last.  It didn't.  In the five years since he's released four solo albums (one of which was a double album) plus an EP with Fall Out Boy and one with punk band Pornography.  That's what retirement looks like to a guy like Ryan Adams.

And I haven't even mentioned his days with Whiskeytown, the various recordings he's made with other artists, the various weird-out stuff he put on his website nor the half dozen or so albums he made but never released.  Dude is a music making machine.

This self-titled one is his first proper studio album since 2011's Ashes and Fire.  I was pretty disappointed with that one, frankly and to continue being honest I've not been really impressed since 2007s Easy Tiger (and the last half of that one drags.)  But I'm complaining when I really want to rejoice.  I love me some Ryan Adams and this ones got the buzz and the vibes that tell me its going to be a good one.

Any new Ryan Adams is a time to rejoice but new Ryan Adams when he seems well rested and healthier than he's been in a decade makes me down right crazed.  

Here's hoping.

Also out this week that looks interesting:

Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar - Robert Plant:  The former Led Zeppelin front man has been exploring his folky side of late.  This one has him teaming up with Justing Adams and John Baggot of The Sensational Space Shifters making music that Plant calls "powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep."  Color me intrigued.

Wake Up to Find Out: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 3/29/90 - Grateful Dead:  The '90s were not kind to the Dead what with the death of keyboardist Brent Mydland and Jerry Garcia's escalating drug use.  But there were a few high points including this date with Bruce Hornsby filling in on keys and Branford Marsalis guesting on sax.  The whole show is well worth seeking out but its "Eyes of the World" that really shines.

Single Mothers - Justin Townes Earle:  I've not yet been able to get into Steve Earle's sons tunes.  He gets lots of acclaim and I like what I've heard.  Just not enough to really make me a fan.  Somehow this makes me feel bad, as I want to like him.  Maybe this new one will make me a convert.

Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) - Loudon Wainwright III:  Here's another guy I really want to love, but have yet to hear the music to get me on board.

Live at the Rainbow - Queen:  The legendary rockers legendary giRyan Adamsg at the Rainbow Theatre in London from November 20, 1974.

Bass & Mandolin - Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer:  Master musicians playing together get me all tingly inside.

Trilogy: Chick Corea Trilogy:  A three disk live album featuring recent performances by Corea and his band which includes Christian McBride and Brian Blade.  I caught Corea a few years band and I can definitely say the dude's still got it.

Feel the Moonshine - James Taylor:  Another live album.  This one from the master of feel good, classic acoustic rock.  Recorded for radio in 1976 it contains pretty much all the James Taylor songs you'd want to hear.

Pink Floyd As Performed By  - Adrian Belew, Robby Kreiger, Rick Wakeman, John Anderson, Steve Howe, Dweezil Zappa Tony Levin, and John Wetton.  Its pretty much what you think it is - Classic rockers taking on classic Floyd tunes over three disks of music.