Published Jan 14, 2009It appears Ryan Adams may be putting the brakes on his music career, according to his latest blog entry. Via his website, the alt-country troubadour says his upcoming U.S. shows with the Cardinals, which wrap up March 20 in Atlanta, will be his "last venture" with the band, as well as music in general.
"I am grateful for the time we have had and maybe someday we will have more stories to tell together," Adams says. "I am however ready for quieter times, as I think it is very evident I am struggling with some balance and hearing issues."
He continues: "Know that I am not abandoning anyone, not the Cardinals and not the fans. This is just something I need to do now, and that I loved playing music in the Cardinals. And, hell, even before I was in a place to try and learn to be well, music was my life source, and Cardinals were such a heavy crush and a real dream. I honor it too much to have any regrets right now. I am just proud."
Later on in the entry, Adams shed a bit more light on his recent health problems and his increasing unwillingness to perform live, saying: "I lost more than anyone will ever know - hearing, someone I loved, my sense of dignity, a never ending losing battle with stage fright and now my hearing and balance due to an inner ear issue - people accusing me of not being sober when I am suffering tremendous pain and nausea from my inner ear symptoms."
Along with quitting music, Adams says he will no longer blog, is quitting smoking, has three new books coming out and knows he will always be "viewed as an asshole" even though he's actually not.
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