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KCRW Captures Acoustic Ryan Adams for 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'

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Photo courtesy Jeremiah Garcia for KCRW.

Acoustic shows, by their very nature, are generally quiet affairs. Every chord can hang; every strained note can fall softly to the floor. But when you're Ryan Adams and you open with "Oh My Sweet Carolina" in front of a hundred or so KCRW kids at a studio in Santa Monica, you might as well be belting out vibrato notes in space.

As part of KCRW's much-lauded "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show, Adams was invited to Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for a rare all-acoustic set full of moving songs from his new album Ashes & Fire and more than a few classics.

LAist, along with a charitable amount of friendly faces both young and old, was invited to stand quietly and marvel at the smooth genius of a songwriter with only his instrument. There, in the corner of a well-purposed room draped in red velvet, was a man whose mood swings and melancholy played out like the gripping first read of your favorite author's new novel. All of the notes were there, the rhythm and wordplay the same. But, with a new solo album and a very old guitar, Ryan Adams gave us all a lot to look forward to.