One of the most honest and sincere artists in music, Ryan Adams creates a concert vibe akin to hanging out with your best musician friends in their living room. With a three-guitar lineup that blends Adams’ with Neal Casal and pedal-steel maestro Jon Graboff, the Cardinals deliver a majestic alt-country-rock sound that makes playing the Majestic Theatre on this tour seem like destiny. The band’s been riding a high and powerful wave since the mercurial Adams kicked his well-documented drug problems a few years ago, which only magnified the impact of January’s stunning revelation that this tour could be the last. Adams shocked fans with a heartbreaking blog post announcing that he’s stepping back from live music after this tour, largely because of hearing problems that have plagued him for the past couple of years. The Current caught up with guitarist Casal on the eve of the tour to discuss the intricacies of all things Cardinal.
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