Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ryan Adams biographer at Park Road Books

As the Raleigh News & Observer’s music critic, David Menconi watched up close in the 1990s as Ryan Adams, once a small-time Raleigh musician, rose to become a Grammy-nominated star.

In “Ryan Adams: Losering, a Story of Whiskeytown” (University of Texas Press; $19.95), Menconi recounts a piece of Adams’ journey, describing his arrival on the Triangle music scene as a swaggering kid and tracing his development as a person, band member and, ultimately, solo artist.

Menconi will give a reading and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.

Whiskeytown, Adams’ alternative country band, played regularly in Raleigh in the ’90s, in locales such as the Berkeley CafĂ© and The Brewery.

The word “Losering” in the book’s title refers to a song on the band’s 1997 album, “Strangers Almanac.”
Adams, who grew up in Jacksonville, N.C., left Raleigh after making “Strangers Almanac.”

 He made his solo debut album, “Heartbreaker,” in 2000. Menconi has written about music for the News & Observer since 1991.