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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