Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones is a mess of a record. Mick Jagger has never actually warmed up to it. Keith Richards was intoxicated most of the time. The mix isn’t muddy and could be so much better. They just run with the mistakes throughout the album.
In other words, it’s a perfect rock’n’roll album.
Over the years, it has always gone up in stature. It continually appears on the multitudes of best rock albums of all time and usually quite high on the list.
It’s a monolith of an album that can intimidate anyone trying to cover any of the songs off of it. Someone would have to be crazy to cover all of it.
Enter Ryan Adams.
Ryan Adams is one of the Nola Nerd Couple’s favorite musical artists. He is the rare artist that we both love equally. He can rub people the wrong way, but he doesn’t say things that are genuinely insane like some other more famous artists in the news today. He has always had a prolific output, and he is consistently good and sometimes reaches the heights of his idols. He has done the cover the entire album thing before with his intriguing cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989. He found his truths in the songs.
But that was in a studio. On May 5, 2018, he will cover Exile on Main St. live at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans (tickets). He will be joined by Cyril Neville, John Medeski, Mark Mullins, Terence Higgins, and more are promised. Don Was will be the musical director.
Ryan is readying himself for the challenge.
The hardest Rolling Stones songs to learn are weirdly the ones with the least chord changes.
I’m pretty sure this is why all this stuff is so genius. It’s just one wild wave and vibe… pic.twitter.com/i6yGw3ib27
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) April 29, 2018
We will be there, thanking California for its bitter fruit along with Mr. Adams and company.