Ryan Adams Week: Day 2

posted by Richard Gill

Up until Ashes & Fire Ryan Adams has had a pretty open policy about fans recording his shows, even allowing them to patch into the soundboard most of the time. This has given way to a mountain of bootlegs that range (both in quality and performance) from pretty awful to mind blowingly awesome. In anticipation of his upcoming performance at the State Theatre on Dec. 13 I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite bootlegged shows. Bear in mind that these aren’t necessarily the best shows just a small sampling of some of the more memorable shows.

Note: All shows are freely available on archive.org unless otherwise noted.

Band: Ryan Adams Solo
Date: 10.30.2002
City/Venue: Portland, OR – Roseland Theater

One of my favorite artists in one of my favorite cities. Awesome. This show is an interesting companion piece to yesterday’s pick in that while it can still be considered a “raucous” rock show this features Ryan playing solo (aside from a few songs which feature cello accompaniment) as opposed to featuring a full band. Perhaps the word raucous is a bit misleading. Loose would probably be a better description.

This show was the last of Ryan’s 2002 US solo tour and mere days before his birthday so the recording finds him in high spirits joking with the crowd and even giving a bunch of his stuff at the end of the show since according to him, “they won’t let me take this stuff on the plane to Berlin.” I’d be interested to know if the person who got the stool still has it.

As far as the setlist goes it’s heavy on Heartbreaker tracks and the slower tunes from Gold with a few cuts from Demolition thrown in for good measure. He busts out a few covers as well including a stark piano only version of “Brown Sugar” that is the polar opposite the one from the First Avenue show. The entire set is pretty damn near perfect however the belles of the ball are the improvised “Pissin’ On A Cowboy” and Cookie Monster’s version of “Oh My Sweet Carolina” entitled “Oh My Sweet Chocolate Cookie”. It’s little touches like those that show that even though a lot of his work is dark and depressing he still has a sense of humor about his songs and songwriting in general. That definitely helps since This show took place around the time that Ryan was developing a reputation as being inconsistent and a bit of a crybaby. Thankfully there is none of that in this recording.


01 Oh My Sweet Carolina
02 Tomorrow
03 Chat
04 Sweet ‘Lil Gal (23rd/1st)
05 Bartering Lines
06 The Fools We Are As Men
07 Sylvia Plath
08 To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
09 My Winding Wheel
10 The Rescue Blues
11 When The Stars Go Blue
12 Pissing On A Cowboy
13 Oh My Sweet Chocolate Cookie (‘Cookie Monster’)
14 Dear Chicago
15 Chat
16 You Will Always Be The Same
17 Call Me On Your Way Back Home
18 The Lovesick Blues (Hank Williams)
19 Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
20 La Cienega Just Smiled
21 Come Pick Me Up

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 2:47 pm