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Ryan Adams Announces Release Of New Album ‘Big Colors’

The new record is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s ‘Prisoner’.

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Ryan Adams has revealed that his new album for Capitol Records will be called Big Colors.

Yesterday, Capitol announced a 2019 release for Big Colors, an album title Adams has previously teased. According to reports in Pitchfork, further new material from Adams is likely to follow Big Colors during 2019, but no further details – or definite release dates – have been confirmed at the time of writing.

Adams’ new album follows on from 2017’s Prisoner, the prolific singer-songwriter’s 17th studio effort. The renowned musician has since contributed to the Tegan and Sara tribute LP The Con X: Covers, shared the Valentine’s Day single ‘Baby I Love You,’ and dropped a Prisoner B-sides collection. He also penned new songs for the local channel Denver7 News and the radio channel 105.5: The Colorado Sound.

During 2018, Adams told the NME he was working on several albums’ worth of material, with reports speculating that his long-rumoured ‘lost’ album Blackhole might finally see the light of day.

“I wrote this album,” he wrote alongside the sleeve for solo debut Heartbreaker. “I have 17 new songs. I have 4 records on a shelf. Does anyone want to hear ‘Prisoner’ 2 & 3, ‘Black Hole’? ‘Live at Capitol Theater w @stringdusters’, ‘Exile On Main Street’ cover live & rehearsal?”

He continued: “I’m just asking to see if maybe I’m crazy & no one does.” The two live albums he mentioned apparently referring to a show recorded in Port Chester, New York in July 2016 with The Infamous Stringdusters, and his Rolling Stones tribute from the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2018.

In addition to his own material, the much in-demand Adams has also produced albums for Willie Nelson, Jesse Malin, Jenny Lewis, and Fall Out Boy, and has collaborated with Counting Crows, Weezer, Norah Jones, America, Minnie Driver, Cowboy Junkies, Leona Naess, Toots and the Maytals, Beth Orton and Krista Polvere. He has written Infinity Blues, a book of poems, and Hello Sunshine, a collection of poems and short stories.

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