Ryan Adams will take a hiatus from his band the Cardinals and music in general starting this spring, according to a lengthy blog post on the band's Web site.
Adams says upcoming U.S. shows with the Cardinals, concluding March 20 in Atlanta, will be his last with the group. "I am grateful for the time we have had and maybe someday we will have more stories to tell together," he says. "I am however ready for quieter times as I think it is very evident I am struggling with some balance and hearing issues."
"Know that I am not abandoning anyone, not the Cardinals and not the fans," he continues. "This is just something I need to do now, and that I loved playing music in the Cardinals. And hell, even before I was in a place to try and learn to be well, music was my life source, and Cardinals was such a heavy crush and a real dream. I honor it too much to have any regrets right now. I am just proud."