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NC singer-songwriter Ryan Adams returns to Wilmington

After playing to a rainy Raleigh crowd on Memorial Day weekend, Ryan Adams announced a stop in the Port City as part of his Solo 2023 tour. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — After playing to a Raleigh crowd in the rain during Memorial Day weekend, Ryan Adams announced a stop in the Port City as part of his Solo 2023 tour.

By the time Adams reaches Wilmington, he will have come off the road with his band, the Cardinals. He will play acoustically at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this fall, Sept. 13. Tickets go on sale this week.

Adams, originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina, is a seven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, known for his blend of alt-country and garage rock. The Solo 2023 tour will include Adams, “his guitars and a piano in an acoustic tour-de-force,” according to a press release.

The 48-year-old started his musical career with Whiskeytown in the late ’90s and then performed solo before launching the Cardinals in 2004. The band played together until 2009 before Adams fell back into a solo career.

He worked with music’s best, Willie Nelson, Jenny Lewis, Norah Jones, Weezer, and Toots and the Maytals, producing works.

In 2019, as he was set to release a trilogy of new music, The New York Times, at the height of the #MeToo movement, reported seven women had come forward accusing Adams of sexual misconduct. Among them were ex-girlfriend Phoebe Bridgers, also in boygenius, and Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore.

Adams denied the accusations, though penned a letter in The Daily Mail in 2020 apologizing for his actions.

The three albums he was set to release, “Wednesdays,” “Big Colors,” and “Chris,” were put on hold for a year. “Wednesdays” finally dropped in December 2020, with “Big Colors” following six months later in June 2021. “Chris” came out in March 2022, a few weeks after Adams announced he was hitting the road again — for the first time since the allegations.

His comeback was solidified with a Carnegie Hall show that sold out within hours after going on sale in 2022. Since, Adams has embarked on North American and European tours.

He released five more albums, including “Romeo & Juliet,” “FM,” and “Devolver,” as well as a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska,” and Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks” in 2022. This year Adams launched “Morning Glory,” a tribute to Brit band Oasis’ mid-’90s hit, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” Adams also included on the recording B-sides from the album’s singles.

Adams’ solo tour will include hits across his vast catalogue — 24 studio albums — including famed tracks like “New York, New York” and “Oh Sweet Carolina.” The show will also pepper in covers of the recent Springsteen, Dylan and Oasis albums. Adams’ version of “Wonderwall,” released in 2003, has drawn praise from Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, who wrote the song.

Tickets go on sale to Adams’ show this Friday, June 2, 10 a.m.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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