I’ve expressed my stance on the cancel culture we currently live in numerous times. I won’t revisit it. I don’t know DRA personally but he’s always come across as a self absorbed, douchey, attention whorish asshole. And I got that vibe before I ever had internet access. I was a subscriber of the printed No Depression publication. What I read in stories/interviews in No Depression during Whiskeytown’s next big thing flirtation led me to that conclusion. But, I still loved his music & listened to it without feeling guilty or ashamed. And I will still listen to his music if & when the mood strikes. Without shame & without guilt.
I just haven’t felt compelled to to listen to Ryan Adams’ music in a long while. Not even the great shit from 1995 to 2005. Not because of the “me too” allegations. But, I’m just not the same exact person I was when his music meant so much to me. I had great times during that time in my life. But, I probably had more shitty times during that time period. And I no longer wish to romanticize that time in my life. It’s over & I never found what I was looking for during my alcohol fueled existence that spanned a little over a decade or so.
I’ll buy his next record. And I hope it’s great. But, I’m pretty damn sure it’ll be more of the same mediocre shit he’s been churning out the last 13 years. Mandy Moore should be thankful he didn’t write songs for her. He can’t even write good songs for himself anymore.