Ryan Adams will return with a new album, of original music this time, in early November. This new LP will be the 16th studio album of his career, and the first that doesn’t include Taylor Swift songs since 2014’s self-titled album.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Adams revealed that he had written over 80 songs for this project before narrowing the track list down to around a dozen. “Quite Literally!”
He enlisted the help of acclaimed producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt), who has been seen in images from the studio on Adams’ Instagram account. As far as album content, Adams says he was doing a lot of soul searching when writing the new songs. The album finds inspiration in Bruce Hornsby, AC/DC, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and ELO, according to Adams.
Discussing the guitar sound, Adams exclaims, “Wow! I understand the multicolored guitar tones now,” he says. “You can layer stuff. I really just learned a lot.”
Adams is one of the more prolific songwriters of his generation and has released several songs since the 2014 LP including the cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989, and a live album recorded at Carnegie Hall, as well as consistently touring throughout the US. 2014’s
Ryan Adams was one of his more successful releases as it debuted at #1 on Billboards Rock Album Chart, his first to do so, and #4 on Billboard 200, his highest opening mark on that chart as well. Adams garnered two Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Song with “Gimme Something Good” and Best Rock Album
Look for a new single sometime soon, ahead of the proposed November 4 release date for the LP.