The first, the double-disc "Cold Roses," is credited to Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and is due Tuesday (May 3) via Lost Highway.

As tipped here last month, singer/songwriter Ryan Adams will release three separate albums in 2005. The first, the double-disc "Cold Roses," is credited to Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and is due Tuesday (May 3) via Lost Highway. The band consists of guitarists J.P. Bowersock and Cindy Cashdollar, drummer Brad Pemberton and bassist Catherine Popper; Rachael Yamagata contributes vocals and piano to three tunes.

Adams has firmed up plans for the next two projects, details of which he revealed to Billboard.com earlier this week at the Jammy Awards in New York. On Aug. 9, Lost Highway will unveil "Jacksonville City Nights," which was formerly titled "September." Says Adams of the set, "It's very, very honkytonk."

The last album, "29," is due Nov. 2. "It's myself and people like J.P. Bowersock in one room together," Adams says. "They're all story songs; it will be nine songs long."

Adams utilized the Jammys stage to unveil a new song, "Beautiful Sorta," from "Cold Roses," as well as team with the Dead's Phil Lesh for a sprawling cover of that band's "Wharf Rat."

The artist began a North American tour last night (April 27) in Northampton, Mass., and has dates on tap through May 21 in Washington, D.C.

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