Listen to Ryan Adams Play Bluegrass Slayer & Black Sabbath covers


Hear the country music maven cover Slayer‘s “South of Heaven” and Black Sabbath‘s “The Wizard”.

Ryan Adams with the Infamous Stringdusters performed at Newport Folk Festival this past weekend and burned the house open field down with a good ass set. Ryan Adams, an avowed metal fan, indulged his metallic impulses for the folk rock crowd much to the chagrin of stangry metal bloggers. The Infamous Stringdusters adjust the Evil Levels of “South of Heaven” down from Satanically Evil to somewhere around Impishly Evil, while “The Wizard” gets a loose, shambling interpretation with the bluegrass treatment.

FANBOY WARNING: If you’ve never given Ryan Adams a chance, this set provides a fantastic entry point into his catalog. The Infamous Stringdusters added sweetly skillful accompaniment to stone cold Adams classics like “Oh My Sweet Carolina”, “Winding Wheel” and “New York, New York” (briefly interrupted by a low-flying helicopter). Adams, ever the showman, performed a completely improvised song in between peppering the crowd with off-the-cuff jokes about Gene Simmons solo records, Napalm Death, and siqqq Father John Misty burns.

“South of Heaven” opens the set. “The Wizard” cover is at 52:40.

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  • tertius_decimus

    Neat stuff, by the way. Thanks for sharing, Joe! Reminds of this:

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Haha, this is awesome! The backup vocals are the best part.

    • Those harmonies are A++++

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        They nailed it!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Wanted to comment on that MS article so bad, but I’m trying to be less of an angry internet dude nowadays. But srs, three sentences, a picture of Ryan Adams, complete obliviousness to his metal fandom (which ought to be apparent), and two more angry sentences constitute that article. *sigh*

    • tertius_decimus

      > I’m trying to be less of an angry internet dude nowadays

      That’s a paddlin’. Don’t you wanna add a bit to grossly growing enthropy around us?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Ha, what did you expect?

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Didn’t know the link would lead to MS, so, I guess, at least a few angry, incoherent sentences more.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Hahahaha, WOW! I didn’t realize what exactly you were talking about, I can’t believe they posted that.

  • Cool, dude. But this never will beat this for me:


  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    that article is from like 7 years ago

    • And yet it’s still funny

      • RJA

        and I promise you he can name one kreator song!

  • Joaquin Stick

    There’s some interesting stuff happening in bluegrass these days it seems. Feels like a genre that is ripe for sweet experimentation. I’ll have try some of his original stuff out when I am in one of my Punch Brothers moods.

  • Guppusmaximus

    I couldn’t possibly hate on anyone doing a Bluegrass / folk cover of a Metal song but I think classic Slayer or Black Sabbath covered merely for shock value is rather tired, imho. Would’ve loved to hear something a little more obscure, perhaps. Just my .02

  • Joaquin Stick

    Listening to more of it now. This guy is hilarious. 100% backed.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I prefer Leon Russell over Ryan Adams any day. He’s the Master Of Space And Time!

  • Waynecro

    This is the first time in years that a Slayer song has held my interest for more than 30 seconds.