The always endearing Ryan Adams is going to show his appreciation for legendary rock band The Rolling Stones by performing the band’s classic album Exile on Main St. in New Orleans on May 5. He has named the special performance Exile on Bourbon St. and will lay it down during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Big Easy’s Saenger Theatre.
Adams is a prolific singer songwriter who has turned acclaim and controversy into worldwide success with the release of 16 albums, most recently his album Prisoner in 2017. He made his solo debut with Heartbreaker in 2000 achieving global success and he has never looked back since. He will now have the chance to win over more hearts as he pays tribute to one of the most important bands in music history.
Rolling Stones producer Don Was will take on the duty of music director for the Adams performance and he will be accompanied by “all-star” musicians who have yet to be announced. The classic stones record features songs such as “Rocks Off,” “Soul Survivor,” “Tumbling Dice,” and “Happy” *(which featured Keith Richards on lead vocals.)
The album by the Stones was released in May of 1972, went to #1 in the United States and charted for 43 weeks. It is considered by many to be one of the best rock and roll records of all-time and a must own for any classic music collector. Was is looking forward to working the album with Adams, “I’ve listened to all the multi-track tapes from the Exile period and it’s not hyperbolic to say that this is probably the greatest rock ‘n roll ever recorded,” said Was, who re-mixed Exile for its 2010 reissue. “I can’t wait to dig deep into these songs with The Mighty Ryan Adams and this incredible group of musicians.”
Adams is currently hard at work on his seventeenth album and has been tracking the progress on social media. The album will meet much anticipation as Prisoner was classic Ryan Adams record, it combined his signature lyrical approach to his well established alt-country sound.