The #11 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2011
comes from a man who's explored country, punk, metal and rock in various measures since the mid-1990s... first with the band Whiskeytown, and on his own for the past decade. His name is Ryan Adams
. And his album -- Ashes & Fire
-- places songwriting at the core, highlighting Adams' gift for writing gorgeous melodies and memorable, moving lyrics. Listen to Ryan Adams discuss and perform live from the record
earlier this month in Studio Q.