Ryan Adams tells FL “I’m not quitting”

Speaking with FasterLouder exclusively this week ahead of his Australian tour with The Cardinals, the irrepressible Ryan Adams made it clear he’s not retiring. Last week, music blogs claimed Adams was quitting music after he posted a typically verbose blog lamenting he was “ready for quieter times”. The reason for his angst is Meniere’s Disease, a disorder of the inner ear that usually involves the sufferer having progressive hearing loss.

However, Adams isn’t withdrawing entirely from creative pursuits. Instead, he’s decided to disband The Cardinals, with the band’s final performance set for 20 March in Atlanta. Which makes this Australian tour your last chance to catch the troupe together on our stages.

“Of course I have been taken completely out of context…again,” the enfant terrible of alt-country told FL’s Andrew Weaver. “I’m not quitting music. It said in my original blog – and I don’t blog at that original site any more – that I was looking for something a bit quieter and a new structure.”

The hearing loss, though, has certainly changed his priorities. “There are other musical things that I can do where I don’t have to be a person of speculation,” he continued. “There are other ways to make music where it doesn’t hurt my ears so bad because I am SO DEAF.”

Check back on FasterLouder later this week for the full interview to hear Adams spilling about everything from his stage-fright to the critics that don’t get him.