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One of the most successful and versatile entrepreneurs in the country is Ryan Adams. In this bio, you’ll learn about his upbringing, early career moves, and how he built his current empire.

Discover the strongest Music, Love, Time, Life, Songs quotes from Ryan Adams, and much more.


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About Ryan Adams

birth of the author

November 5, 1974

occupation of the author

Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Poet

date of the author

Years Active:

genre of the author

Rock, Alternative Country, Folk Rock, Indie Rock

instrument of the author

Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica

institution of the author

Bloodshot, Lost Highway, Pax Am, Blue Note, Capitol And More.

productions of the author

Associated Acts:
Whiskeytown, The Cardinals, The Finger, Pornography


I routinely never discuss my marriage. It’s nice to have things in my life that are totally mine. โ€” Ryan Adams

I’m very relaxed. I have a family, I have a partner of 20 years, I have a wonderful life; nothing could be better. โ€” Elton John


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I want to make sure I’m with a girl that’s a good kisser, and that when I wake up, I have coffee and a cigarette. That’s all I really want out of life. That, and world domination. โ€” Ryan Adams

My sex drive has gone down so much since I’ve stopped doing coke. I was one of the few people that, when I did coke, I had an enormous sex drive. I still have a healthy sex life today, but it’s not so important. โ€” Elton John

I’ve reached the stage of my life where learning is so important to me. I go through the past enough when I play my old songs on stage. And I don’t mind doing that. But I want to think about the future. โ€” Elton John

The work became like the drug addiction, the clothes, anything in my life. It becameโ€“it’s become an addiction. I’m addicted to working. โ€” Elton John

My entire life, I wake up, and at some point in the afternoon, I head toward some kind of musical recording device. My entire life. โ€” Ryan Adams

Who really needs a new album from me? โ€” Elton John


I want a love that don’t mean a thing. โ€” Elton John

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Is it possible to love someone too much? You bet. โ€” Ryan Adams

Music is my thing. It’s my thing; it’s what I love. It’s what I do. It’s football to me; it’s Christmas to me; religion to me; poetry to me. โ€” Ryan Adams

Love is the key we must turn, truth is the flame we must burn. โ€” Elton John

I’ve had an amazing professional life, personal life, but at 64 to have a son who gives us that much love and enjoyment is, wow! โ€” Elton John

Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. โ€” Elton John


I’m a big music fan outside of the music I make. โ€” Ryan Adams

I want to do a musical movie. Like Evita, but with good music. โ€” Elton John

I was an earnest young man who just wanted to make music. โ€” Ryan Adams

I think that music, or at least the kind of music that I make, benefits greatly from improvisation. โ€” Ryan Adams

In the three years that nobody heard music from me, I made more music than I’ve ever made. โ€” Ryan Adams

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It was Elvis that got me interested in music. I’ve been an Elvis fan since I was a kid. โ€” Elton John

Nothing should be an issue when it comes to sexuality in the first place. Music is the one artform where people feel comfortable coming out. โ€” Elton John

Not to discount my music, but I’m always suspicious of the music that I make on some level, as to how valid it is. Or maybe not ‘valid,’ but how important. โ€” Ryan Adams

I’m actually a pretty upbeat person outside of playing music. โ€” Ryan Adams

Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. โ€” Elton John

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When your persona begins to take over your music and becomes more important, you enter a dangerous place. Once you have people around you who don’t question you, you’re in a dangerous place. โ€” Elton John

It’s hard to view myself sometimes as even in the same league as other musicians, mainly because there’s so much music before me. I feel overinformed by different styles and different possibilities. โ€” Ryan Adams

The good thing about playing the guitar: You can take on different kinds of music. I’m always doing something different from the last thing I did because I have the shortest attention span on earth. โ€” Ryan Adams

That’s why I played music; my social skills were limited. I think a lot of people that experience that pick up guitars, because they can’t communicate otherwise. โ€” Ryan Adams

This is going to sound crazy, but I can hear music in my head. I can imagine a piano or a guitar playing, and I can sort of think out. โ€” Ryan Adams

You can imagine several scenes from Star Wars? The way they looked? For me, that’s how music is. Sometimes I’ll be developing riffs for songs, just while I’m sitting around and not playing. โ€” Ryan Adams

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The process of making music is more interesting to me than the end result. If I was a cook, I’d be more interested in cooking food than eating food. โ€” Ryan Adams

I’ve had my fills of cocaine and pills. โ€” Elton John


It’s hard to be bipolar and bicoastal at the same time. โ€” Ryan Adams

I’m like an ’80s kid. I was born in the midโ€“’70s. By the time the ’80s kicked in, I’m listening to Dead Kennedys, but I’m also listening to Simple Minds. โ€” Ryan Adams

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I’ve never had a writer’s block, but still I think: Is it going to happen this time? You never know what you’re going to get; you just put your fingers on the keys and hope. โ€” Elton John

The thing about Vegas is, I don’t have to fly anywhere, and that really helps. It means I stay in one place for three weeks at a time instead of flying backwards and forwards. โ€” Elton John

People call me and they want talk, they need to get something off their mind, I got all the time in the world for them. โ€” Ryan Adams

I think it would be wrong to consider ‘Ashes and Fire’ a love album. The record is obsessed with time. I believe that there is a kinder view of the self on this record. โ€” Ryan Adams

I have found in black metal the lyrics are profoundly beautiful… a pathos and mythos at the same time. โ€” Ryan Adams

That’s just a part of being an artist: you can’t write great stuff all the time, because if you did, then you’d be inhuman. The human side of people is that sometimes they fail. โ€” Elton John

When I start working on a batch of tunesโ€“like roughly 10 solid tunesโ€“I always know there’ll be another 10 to follow, because for every song I invest a lot of time in, there’s another song waiting behind it. โ€” Ryan Adams

There’s all these musicians in the world, and anybody that takes enough time to create a record or even think about the fantasy of rock & roll, it’s a vulnerable place to be in, it’s a huge thing to do. โ€” Ryan Adams

I’ve always been dead set against festivals, really suspicious and wary. โ€” Elton John


I cannot say that I know a lot about scales, but I can write songs. โ€” Ryan Adams

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I don’t think I’ve ever gone on stage to be an asshole. I know one thing, from the past, and that’s that my intentions always began in a pure way. I really want to just try and play the songs. โ€” Ryan Adams

It’s so easy to write songs about misery and hard times and sadness. It’s much more difficult to write songs about happy and chirpy stuff. โ€” Elton John

On Heartbreaker, I had to sing those songs. I drank the way I did those songs. I ate the way I did those songs. I communicated the way I did those songs. โ€” Ryan Adams

I can sort of will that stuff to happen to me if I put myself in the right headspace. Then I can actually get to a space where it won’t just be one song that comes through, but a series of them. โ€” Ryan Adams

To make a song is a gift, and once it’s done it keeps evolving and changing and becomes a tool to interact with other people. It’s like a conversation. โ€” Ryan Adams

It’s really very easy for me to be in The Cardinals, because I bring my voice, my guitar, and my songs to them, and then we all play around to find out what works. โ€” Ryan Adams

Sometimes a breakโ€“up song is perceived as that because that’s what the person who’s hearing it needs. โ€” Ryan Adams

A lot of my songs, they’re like puzzle pieces, and there’s just one way to put them together. You could, if you needed to, get the scissors out and cut up things to make them work. But I don’t want to do that. โ€” Ryan Adams

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