As part of his Pax-Am Singles Series, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has shared his Jacksonville EP via YouTube (listen below).
The EP opens with the title track, which has Adams doing his best Springsteen when he sings, "They're tearing down another building in my hometown." On "I Keep Running" (starts at 3:55), the singer dives into the country genre, but nowhere near the bro-country that dominates the charts today. "Walkedypants" (7:23) gets bluesier, and Adams really morphs his clear vocals into that of an old crooner's — the end result being a goofy, yet enjoyable single. Altogether the EP makes for a fine listen, with "Jacksonville" as the obvious standout.
Adams just released a self-titled effort last week (Sept. 9), his 14th solo record, and its lead single "Gimme Something Good" is fueling the solid release. More recently, the musician joined Bob Mould onstage to perform a few Husker Du tunes before making an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. The host enjoyed Adams' performance so much that he had the artist perform an encore as the credits began to roll, a move that isn't a regular occurrence. Before the album's release, Adams dropped a few funny promotional videos with the help of Gary Shandling, Jeff Garlin and Don Was.
"For his first LP since 2011 — a stretch for a guy who generally releases a record or more a year — Adams rewires heartland rock, with major-chord, Reagan-era guitars, muscle-shirt drums and a thousand-yard stare," Rolling Stone's review of the album reads. The magazine gave the release three-and-a-half stars.
The singer is currently in Europe to play a few dates before coming back to the U.S. and touring through November.