'Tiger' By The Tail
Last year, Ryan Adams got bored on tour, recorded approximately 11 albums' worth of material on his laptop and then posted it on his Web site. He rapped, yodeled, rocked out and even mocked detractorsLast year, Ryan Adams got bored on tour, recorded approximately 11 albums' worth of material on his laptop and then posted it on his Web site. He rapped, yodeled, rocked out and even mocked detractors. "It was musical blogging, and I was just ripping on shit," Adams says. "It's not very good and wasn't meant to be anything more than just a laugh."
If the works of DJ Reggie, WereWolph, the Sh*t and his other monikers emerged because of a lack of anything better to do, then "Easy Tiger," due this week via Lost Highway, was born of chance.
Adams literally ran into producer Jamie Candiloro, who had helmed the decks on 2003's "Rock'N'Roll," on the sidewalk in New York last year. The two decided to reconvene for some sessions, even though Adams wasn't necessarily planning an official new release. With help from his backing band the Cardinals (guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Brad Pemberton, bassist Chris Feinstein and pedal steel player Jon Graboff) and Candiloro (who has since joined as touring keyboardist), Adams laid out tracks during four two-week recording sessions.
And although "Easy Tiger" is billed as a solo album and sports a guest turn by Sheryl Crow, Adams says his "focus remains with the Cardinals." "His friends rallied around him. It was a very quick process, and it was more about capturing a vibe than ironing out imperfections for a clean sound. With Ryan, it never feels belabored," Candiloro says of the recording process. "He's a prolific guy. It'd only be difficult if you have problems keeping up with him."