Adams Duets With Crows' Duritz On New Album
Ryan Adams' next solo release, "Gold," will likely be a two-CD set, a spokesperson for the Whiskeytown singer's label, Lost Highway, tells Billboard.com The nearly-finished album will probably be releRyan Adams' next solo release, "Gold," will likely be a two-CD set, a spokesperson for the Whiskeytown singer's label, Lost Highway, tells Billboard.com The nearly-finished album will probably be released by the end of August and includes guest performances by Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, singer/songwriter Chris Stills (son of Stephen Stills), and Benmont Tench, the spokesperson says.
Adams told Billboard last month that the Ethan Johns-produced disc will trace his travels and experiences living in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles over the past few years. "I'm not sure if it'll come to pass, but possibly the record will start talking about New York City. It'll go through some stuff about when I was in Nashville in the middle of the album. And, by the second disc, it'll all be about Los Angeles," he said.
Among the songs slated for the album is "1974," a song Adams and Alanis Morissette wrote about their shared birth year. It also includes such titles as "Good Night Hollywood Boulevard," "La Cienaga Just Smiled," "New York, New York," and "Wild Flowers."
"Lyrically, this is probably my most ambitious record ever," he says. "I'm demanding that the lyrics inside the album read like -- I don't want to say 'poetry,' because that sounds really we ird -- I want the lyrics themselves to be enough, even if you didn't hear the music. But I also want the music to be enough. I even want the song titles themselves to be evocative of what's going on."
"Gold" is the follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed solo debut "Heartbreaker" (Bloodshot). Meanwhile, Lost Highway will release "Pneumonia," Whiskeytown's long-awaited third album, on May 22.