I don’t know why any established or aspiring musician would want to work with Ryan Adams? Male or female. Accusations aside. It’s almost abundantly clear that Ryan Adams doesn’t play well with others. How many lineup changes did Whiskeytown go through before he just did the inevitable & went solo? How many band members as he gone through solo & Cardinals? I have to think it’s well into the double digits. Ryan seems to love Ryan only. And he seems to only “like” individuals that stroke his ego.
Remember the Cardinals shows around 2006 & 2007. That was one tight band. Really, good shows. I liked the 2005 version of the Cardinals too. But, Ryan didn’t keep the 2005 edition together very long. Anyhow the 06 & 07 Cardinals kicked ass. And they were getting great press/reviews for their shows as I recall. Emphasis on “they”. “They” as a whole. Not just Ryan. Well, coincidence or not, they didn’t stay together too much longer as I recall. There could have been multiple reasons. But, I always suspected it was Ryan’s ego not getting catered to enough. He might not have been too keen on sharing even a little bit of the spotlight with the Cardinals. So it was back to solo again.
And another reason I would think that other musicians might not want Ryan involved in their projects is he just seems flat out unreliable. He’s ditched now many other musicians’ projects over the years. Not to mention how many unfinished songs, allbums, projects of his own has he not seen through to the end? All the unreleased albums that he claims were not finished. I know he would write songs at a frantic pace. And maybe he has ADD or something. But, I might think another artist would be a little ambivalent to work with that kind of person. He gets bored & sometimes aborts his own material? How the hell is he going to treat other artists’ songs/albums if he’s working with them?
I’m only speculating. But, that’s my take. Ryan Adams’ past history (25 years worth) suggests he doesn’t work or play well with others for very long regardless of gender. Does he even have any bridges left to burn?