Ryan Adams Readies Lost Album For Possible Record Store Day Release

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.22.14 in News

Fresh off the relative success of his bleak new record, Ryan Adams is already thinking about his next move: the long overdue release of his Blackhole LP, a fan favorite that’s existed in bootleg form since 2007.

“There’s two versions of that record,” Adams explained in an NME interview. “There’s one where the vocals and the performances are really fucked-up. Then there’s a second version, which was the last thing I did when I was still messed up. Bits and pieces of that had to be stitched together to make the final product like a patchwork quilt, because some of its vocal takes are too fucked-up to release. But it’s really cool and the end result made me very happy.”

All those fuck ups came from the fragile state Adams was in at the time, as he dealt with drug addiction and ended up with songs “where I sound out of my mind … really on the edge.” On one level, it’s as raw and revelatory as anything Adams has ever released, but he’s also worried about some people viewing its more delicate material as a nothing but a mere spectacle.

Either way, Adams can promise us all one thing: a new album next fall if everything goes as planned. “I’m thinking of calling it ‘Ryan Adams Also’,” he said. “It’ll probably feel a little like this current record, but more so.”