It’s always a (relatively) fun guessing game to see what Ryan Adams will come up with next.
Since going solo in 2000, the former Whiskeytown frontman has dipped into acoustic balladry, gritty rock ’n’ roll, twangy Americana and stylistic adventures.
“I just kind of do whatever I want, really,” explains Adams, 32, who acknowledges that can be a risky path at times.
“People are just not acclimated to all the different types of stuff that I do,” he says. “Maybe eventually everybody will catch up to the fact that I make stylized albums; sometimes I make records that are a potpourri of different things, and sometimes I make black records and sometimes I make punk records.
“I just think all music is fun.”
Adams’ latest endeavor is “Easy Tiger,” an outing with his latest band, the Cardinals, that’s been winning rave reviews in both the United States and England in advance of its June 26 release. On Monday, he launches a six-stop mini-tour of small venues, and he has a larger-scale tour planned for later in the year.
“I love writing songs. I love playing music,” Adams says. “I feel like a student of music, and a lot of my records are really just exercises and homework and trying to understand the thing that I love the most.
“The main thing for me is trying to keep the conversation between me and my muse open. That part of creating music for me is such a joy; I certainly enjoy it no matter what it is. I just want to be able to have a career where I’m feeding myself and I don’t feel reliant on anybody else. That’s what’s really important to me.”
Ryan Adams performs 8 p.m. Wednesday (June 20th) at the Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 963-9800 or visit www.livenation.com.
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