Ryan Adams back with ‘Ashes & Fire’ 

When it comes to talent, there’s nothing like tapping the truest source.

So it stands to reason that roots-rocking archivist Ryan Adams would — after working with red-hot young English producer Ethan Johns for several recent solo records — start to wonder how a team-up with Johns’ legendary father, Glyn, might sound. Glyn Johns helmed some of rockdom’s greatest ’60s and ’70s classics, by such supergroups as The Faces, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

But Adams brought the man back for his new “Ashes & Fire” album, which hits stores Oct. 11. And it should be the most pitch-perfect pairing of his long, colorful career.

And like many clever artists today, Adams isn’t playing the major-label game anymore. He’s launched his own imprint, PAX-AM Records (with a great Atari-retro website, to boot). And he still managed to snag great “Ashes” guest stars, like Heartbreakers stalwart Benmont Tench and the great Norah Jones, who accompanies on piano and vocals on several tracks.



Adams is also undertaking his first U.S. jaunt in two years, which brings him to The Henry Miller Library in Big Sur on Oct. 13 and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre on Oct. 14.

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