Ryan Adams Tells NY Times About “Too Sad” Scrapped LP, Giving Up Heroin For Weed, Disney’s Frozen

By Michael Nelson / August 15, 2014

Ryan Adams’ self-titled LP is out next month, and to help build anticipation, Adams has been doing some interviews, like this one with the NME. Today, the New York Times published a Q&A with Adams, and — like most interviews with the guy — it’s loaded with good quotes. Here’s a sample:

You’re known for being a prolific songwriter, yet your new album, Ryan Adams, is your first in three years. What took so long?

Some of that time was life, like yardwork, walking the dogs. I made a record with Glyn Johns, and we spent a bunch of money on it too. Then I had to go sit at a dinner table with my manager and the head of Capitol Records and say, “Hey, man, you can’t put this out.” It was about losing my grandmother. It was too sad.

You’ve been living a pretty clean life for a while now. Does that get easier over time?

It was never hard for me to stop. My days of experimenting with drugs and boozing, they were so done when they were done. I’m allergic to alcohol, it made my eyes itch, but a speedball always made that feel better. I’d be having a perfectly normal conversation, holding a drink, and I would think to myself, This person has no idea how high I am right now, and it was funny to me. It’s like I was a golf cart, and I was messing with the governor to get more speed, which was unnecessary because you couldn’t go faster in the area that I was in.

Is there a part of you that yearns to write something like “Let It Go,” to have a song that everybody hears?

What is “Let It Go”?

From Frozen, the Disney movie.

I haven’t even heard that.

That’s kinda nuts! The guy consumes music like a Brazilian bus magnate and he’s married to a woman who’s worked with Disney somewhat extensively! Maybe he’s been listening to too much Celtic Frost? (Haha, jk, no such thing as “too much Celtic Frost.”) Or maybe he thought the interviewer was asking about Adams’ own amazing 2005 song “Let It Ride,” and just got the title wrong? In any case, you should listen to “Let It Ride” right now and read the whole Q&A over at NYT (a longer version of which will appear in this Sunday’s Times Magazine), too.

Ryan Adams is out 9/9 via Pax-Am/Blue Note.