The Cardinals featuring Ryan Adams

Various incarnations of The Cardinals have backed alt-country icon Ryan Adams since 2004, but the soon-to-be-released Cardinology marks the first time that the singer has refused top billing over his collaborators.

Don't take that move as any indication of what to expect at this performance, though: Adams is a famously mercurial performer, alternately ignoring his fans or berating them for their sins. He's even been known to make his crowds sit through a set of Grateful Dead covers while leaving many of the highlights of his dictionary-thick songbook unplayed.

But his many fans stick with him for those moments of grace: an expertly turned phrase, a soul-crushing dirge or an effervescent jam that makes the whole experience worthwhile.

 
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