|Ryan Adams | All photos by Kristen Abigail|
The charming and sweet Natalie Prass opened the evening with a few surprises up her sleeve. Prass only had a half hour slot to impress the Mother Church, so she chose to bring out Adams for not just one, but two songs. He backed her up on electric for one and added harmonies and electric on another, which made my heart and a few others melt I'm sure. The two of them dueting is a beautiful thing that you must witness yourself. For not listening to Prass too much before her Ryman debut, I was impressed with how delicate yet talented voice she had coming out her tiny figure. During her set, I couldn't help but think to myself that if it were anyway possible to clone both Judy Garland and Whitney Houston's voices and then mash them together, you'd get Natalie Prass. Her debut self-titled record is out now through Spacebomb Records.
Adams performed a beautiful two hour long set where he was rather polite to a slightly rowdy crowd. He appeared on stage with his messy hair and a Misfits t-shirt while standing in front of a stage of video games, and a large stuffed tiger making Adams look like he really was a 40 year old man stuck in a twenty-something year old's body. He started off his set with "Gimme Something Good" and ended up playing favorites like "I See Monsters" and "New York, New York". Adams eventually hushed the crowd with a few guest appearances later in the evening including Jason Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires on "Jacksonville Skyline". Adams also brought out Prass for a cover of "She's Like the Wind". What really gave me the goosebumps was Isbell, Prass and Adams performing "Oh My Sweet Carolina" together. Overall Adams made a lasting impression.
Adams will continue to tour in the US through June to support his new record, Ryan Adams: Live at Carnegie Hall. Please enjoy these photos by Kristen Abigail below.
Here's a small peek at the beautiful sounds coming from the Mother Church last night: