It’s finally official: May 6 is the U.S. release date for the much-rumored-about Deluxe Edition Box Set of Ryan Adams’ 2000 solo debut Heartbreaker. The package includes lots of demos and outtakes plus a live DVD, dressed up in a fancy box that appears to involve a fair amount of photos and verbiage. Perusing the unreleased tracks on the list of song titles, I’m especially glad to see “Petal in a Rainstorm” (also known as “Oh My Sweet Valentine”) finally getting a proper release. “Locked Away” is a great rarity, too.
ADDENDUM (7/7/2016): Also, here is a pretty extensive interview about Heartbreaker, with some interesting ruminations from Ryan regarding how he felt about Whiskeytown — plus a few remarks about David Rawlings that are bound to stir some controversy.