Ryan (not Bryan!) Adams is an American alt-country/rock singer- songwriter. He's been in bands and done solo work. You can read a bio on Wikipedia: <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Adams> I can't remember what prompted me to listen to Ryan's first solo record, "Heartbreaker" - maybe it was something I read somewhere? Anyway, I thought it was a great record, and mentioned it to a friend in Singapore. He'd heard of Ryan Adams, and kindly offered to send me his copy of Ryan's followup album, "Gold". I've been hooked ever since, which is strange because I'm not really into country music. But Ryan's style somehow transcends what I'd normally associated with that genre. The links in the guide below are to YouTube movies. If the links are blocked, you can try listening to snippets of songs at Last.fm: <http://www.last.fm/music/Ryan+Adams> The "rough guide" ... 1. "My Winding Wheel" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=BSX-8zQ2xOQ> A typically melodic song from Ryan's first solo record, "Heartbreaker", released in 2000. There were no singles or official videos from that album. This is a reworked version recorded for a TV program. 2. "Come Pick Me Up" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=dRnoh86FD2A> Another standout song from "Heartbreaker". This is a live version with his current band, the Cardinals, on the Letterman show. He cleaned up a couple of the lyrics for this performance. 3. "Amy" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=cOuMkrL0qUY> Another melodic song from "Heartbreaker". This is a live acoustic version. 4. "When The Stars Go Blue" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=wCh5PP4IpuU> A standout song from Ryan's second solo album, "Gold", released in 2001. This is a reworked version performed live in the studio. 5. "Answering Bell" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=_cVGMYKu_os> This is the official video of the second single from "Gold". The first single, "New York, New York", had a very noteworthy video too, having been filmed on September 7, 2001. It featured the Manhattan skyline as it was then, before being altered so tragically four days later. In 2003 Ryan released his fourth studio album. He had hoped that album would be "Love Is Hell", but the record company didn't like it. As a compromise, Ryan quickly recorded another album, "Rock N Roll", and the record company agreed to eventually release "Love Is Hell" in two parts. As the title suggests, "Rock N Roll" was louder than usual, and was recorded with guest musicians. 6. "So Alive" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=70wOxS12Bdo> Here's another live performance on the Late Show, this time it's the second single and opening track from "Rock N Roll". Other standout songs from this album include "Shallow", "So Alive" and "Luminol". [Aside] Take a look at the cover of Ryan's album "Rock N Roll": <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_n_Roll_%28Ryan_Adams_album%29> and Bryan Adams's later album, "11": <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_%28Bryan_Adams_album%29> 7. "Wonderwall" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=0gVxRvNfFLg> This is a cover of the Oasis song, which appeared on "Love Is Hell" part 1. Unsurprisingly, it was released as a single in the UK. 8. "Magnolia Mountain" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=TBllh1WA-Js> In 2005 Ryan recorded "Cold Roses", his first album with the Cardinals. Here's a live version of the the opening track from the double-album. Ryan was rather prolific in 2005, and released another album with the Cardinals called "Jacksonville City Nights", and a rather gloomy solo album, "29". 9. "Everybody Knows" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=iVVB2Xq65xQ> In 2007, Ryan Adams released his ninth album, "Easy Tiger". This is one of the standout tracks. 10. "Two" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=YRuY49nXgA8> Ryan obviously likes appearing on the Late Show. Here's another performance with the Cardinals, this time the first single from "Easy Tiger". 11. "Magick" <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=d0xvEMYBrcc> In 2008 Ryan released his tenth studio album, "Cardinology". As the title suggests, it was recorded with the Cardinals. This track is a bit of a rocker. Recently, Ryan Adams announced he was giving up recording and touring, due in part to hearing problems. He got married this month.