Welcome to Bypass, North Carolina

NCUSAI heard from a fair number of people yesterday, all asking some variation of the same question: Do you think Ryan Adams will turn up at the Jenny Lewis show tonight?…

Aw, bless your hearts, you crazy naive kids.

And yet the question did have some apparent plausibility, all things considered. Lewis and Ryan are chums, he produced her 2014 album The Voyager and she accompanied him to the Grammys this past spring. More to the point, Lewis is the support act on the current leg of his tour, in which capacity she opened for Ryan Sunday night in Charlottesville and will do the same Tuesday night in Charleston. Yes, it’s hard not to notice that his tour routing seems designed to surround North Carolina without playing it, hitting every adjoining state except us with such deliberation that it has to be on purpose (and we’re coming up on the 10-year anniversary of the last time he played Raleigh).

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 10.08.16 AMAnyway, Ryan again bypassing the state that lies between Virginia and South Carolina left a hole in the tour schedule Monday night. So Lewis took the opportunity to play a headlining show of her own at the Haw River Ballroom, in the old mill town of Saxapahaw about an hour west of Raleigh. And if Ryan were to get a wild hair and decide to make an impulsive settle-up gesture with the Old North State, sort of like what he did with “Summer of ’69” at the Ryman last week, an unannounced cameo some distance away from his former downtown Raleigh stomping grounds seemed as likely as anything else.

So of course, it didn’t happen. Lewis played her show and it was quite fine, but Ryan did not appear. The only mention of him onstage was a story Lewis told at the end of her set about Ryan forcing her to write one more song for The Voyager — which he didn’t like, so she made it the album’s title track (ha!). Gotta say, I do like The Voyager a lot more than Ryan Adams, and hearing its songs live underscored that; especially “The New You,” which is still bouncing around my head a day later.

As for where Ryan was last night if not Saxapahaw, if his Twitter feed is to be believed, he was already in Charleston and seeking pinball machines:

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 9.49.22 AM

Advertisements
Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Post navigation

14 thoughts on “Welcome to Bypass, North Carolina

  1. Pingback: Google works in mysterious ways | LoseringBook

  2. Pingback: Ryan Adams: “Afraid of Ghosts” | LoseringBook

  3. Pingback: A Loserblog milestone | LoseringBook

  4. Pingback: Ten years after… | LoseringBook

  5. Pingback: “Oh My Sweet Carolina” Down Under | LoseringBook

  6. Pingback: “Strangers Almanac,” old enough to vote | Losering Books

  7. Pingback: Oh Ryan, won’t you please come home | Losering Books

  8. Pingback: Pure gold: Corrosion of Conformity | Losering Books

  9. Pingback: Moog is deep in the heart of North Carolina (hint hint) | Losering Books

  10. Pingback: SXSW-bound and down | Losering Books

  11. Pingback: Be my winding wheel | Losering Books

  12. Pingback: Let It Telluride | Losering Books

  13. Pingback: Ryan Adams, “Flying Dracula” | Losering Books

  14. Pingback: Ryan Adams’ NC boycott continues | Losering Books

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: