Saturday, 9 Nov. 2002 / Festsaal Messe Basel
Only one (missing) letter differentiates Ryan Adams from a Canadian pop icon …, but what a difference! Nothing could be further from his mind than obliging melodies and potential chart ballads. Those who label him as the «new Bob Dylan» are probably not completely wrong. As a sensitive singer/songwriter he remains true to the rebellious spirit and the «outlaw» tradition of a Hank Williams or a Johnny Cash. Thus he guides «alternative country» with brilliantly vivid song writing and a fresh perspective on the rock’n’roll tradition to a greater audience. The stubborn loner only wanted to come to our festival under the condition that he could bring his own «opening act»: Jesse Malin.