Listen to Ryan Adams pay tribute to ‘the heart of all the things he loves about music’ in new song ‘Manchester’

The alt-country star recently announced he will release three albums in 2019

Ryan Adams has paid tribute to Manchester in the second track to be shared from his upcoming new album, ‘Big Colors’.

‘Manchester’, which follows both Friday’s ‘Doylestown Girl’ and the news that the musician will release three albums this year, features lyrics referencing the north-western area.

Oldham streets/Built to bruise/Freckled face/And a pair of shuffling shoes,” Adams sings in the opening verse, while the track also boasts some Johnny Marr-esque guitar lines. You can listen to the track below.


In a statement sent to XS Manchester, the radio station that premiered the track, Adams said: “Manchester, the city and music of this mystical place shaped my entire life. It is at the heart of all the things I love about music from The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, New Order, Simply Red and The Stone Roses. I wanted to make sure this song ‘Manchester’ played first and only in this city I love so much. I hope you enjoy this and cannot wait to be back soon.”

‘Big Colors’ is set to be released on April 19. It was produced by Grammy Award-winning Latin producer Beatriz Artola and Don Was. Two more records – ‘Wednesdays’ and an as-yet-untitled release – will follow before the end of 2019.

The tracklist for ‘Big Colors’ is as follows:

1. Big Colors
2. Do Not Disturb

3. It’s So Quiet, It’s Loud
4. (Expletive) the Rain
5. Doylestown Girl
6. Dreaming You Backwards
7. I Surrender
8. What Am I
9. Power
10. Showtime
11. In It for the Pleasure
12. Middle of the Line
13. I’m Sorry and I Love You
14. Manchester
15. Summer Rain


Speaking to The Washington Post’s Power Up newsletter, Was said: “I wish everyone could witness the awe-inspiring sight of Ryan Adams recording in the studio… the endless flow of brilliant ideas is mind-blowing and he’s clearly tapped into the deepest reaches of the Creative Ether.

“His forthcoming album(s) elevate his art form to a whole new stratosphere and it’s an honour and a thrill for all of us at Blue Note Records to work with him. Oh yeah… one other thing: He’s the most underrated guitarist in rock’n’roll.”