Ryan Adams: Pure Alchemy

***** On the second floor of PAX-AM lies Adams’ office, which is also bursting with an equal amount of character. Proudly displayed are six guitars of varying ages, both acoustic and electric, and watching over Adams’ desk is the ominous face of Sylvester Stallone on a poster for 1995’s Judge Dredd. Hanging on a chair is Adams’ blue denim jacket, a signature for him as of late that he’s worn on almost every stop of his latest promo tour, including an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman when the host asked Adams to perform lead single “Gimme Something Good” twice. Next door to his office is a secondary recording area, which is covered with strings of white lights and a large star made from wood and glass, a symbol for the Order for the Eastern Star, a religious organization Adams’ grandparents were members of. According to those who have worked with Ryan, recording in PAX-AM can be a trip – and not because of the eccentric collection of Adams artifacts. “I was getting ready to sing when Ryan decided it was a nice night … and I should go outside,” Fall Out Boy’s Stump recalls. “He got the…

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