Ryan Adams in Concert

  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams. hide caption

toggle caption

Set List


"I Taught Myself to Grow Old"

"Winding Wheel"

"I See Monsters"

"Goodnight Hollywood Boulevard"

"Oh My God Whatever Etc."


"Let It Ride"

"Blue Hotel"

One of the most prolific and talked-about singers in music, Ryan Adams has been crafting heartfelt pop-rock songs with a country twang for nearly two decades. Hear Adams perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on June 15.

A native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Adams grew up on classic country singers such as Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash; in his early teens, however, he discovered punk rock and began playing electric guitar. He formed Whiskeytown with the intention of exploring his country and pop influences, and despite constant lineup changes, the band developed a large cult following, which in turn helped Adams' first solo album (2000's Heartbreaker) become a critical and commercial success. Adams' subsequent work — he's released as many as three albums in a calendar year — has continued to establish him as an uncompromising and inventive songwriter. His new disc, Easy Tiger, finds him mixing blistering rock 'n' roll with gentle folk ballads, demonstrating Adams' confidence and firm grasp on his iconoclastic identity.

Purchase Featured Music

Easy Tiger

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Easy Tiger
Ryan Adams

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?




Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor