A calmer Ryan Adams opts for lyrical ballads over antics
At the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, Ryan Adams played an inspired two-hour show that mirrored the intimacy of his new album. “Ashes & Fire’’ is mostly acoustic, and Adams replicated its charms with just a pair of guitars, a harmonica, and a piano. No band, no onstage drama, just a low-key evening of ballads and emotional upheaval. And the way his fans embraced him, with rapturous applause, suggested that’s exactly what we want from Adams.