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Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris

  • Breese Stevens Field 917 East Mifflin Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Emmylou Harris.

Emmylou Harris.

Count me among the assholes who can't deal with 90 percent of Ryan Adams' post-Heartbreaker discography. If I hadn't been teased with that gorgeously heartfelt country album in 2000—boasting the heart-wrenching ballad "Oh My Sweet Carolina" and the timeless bummer Americana of "Come Pick Me Up"—I wouldn't be so frustrated when he shits out records like 2003 copycat project Rock N Roll (the LP where each tune imitates the style of a different artist or band), 2005's Grateful Dead-worshipping and mercilessly boring 29, or that self-titled, hobbyist "metal" album he made as Orion in 2010. Also, let's not forget the throwaway Taylor Swift cover album from a couple years ago. But hey, Adams must be doing something right, because even with this pockmarked track record, legendary country crooner and one-time collaborator Emmylou Harris will be opening for him at this show. (Harris' previously booked headlining show for this date at the Capitol Theater was canceled to make this possible.) Agh! Well, let's try to look on the bright side here. There's always the chance that Adams will pull out a bunch of material from actual great albums like his 2005 collaborations with The Cardinals, Cold Roses and Jacksonville City Nights. And, if you don't want to risk hearing Adams' "Wonderwall" cover to find out, Harris plays first, so you can always catch her set and dip the hell out. —Joel Shanahan

Earlier Event: September 28
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