Best Rock Comeback: Ryan Adams
"Ten years ago I was super depressed, and now I get to play music to a bunch of sailboats in the background," said Ryan Adams midway through his 15-song performance Friday evening. In just his third appearance with his current group of musicians, Adams, who has spent the last couple of years performing solo-acoustic, seemed thrilled to be back with a band and an electric guitar. Older songs like "Let It Ride" and "Peaceful Valley" were perfect fits for this new outfit, while new material like "Gimme Something Good" and "My Wrecking Ball" felt like instant classics. Adams even introduced the latter by poking fun at the folk festival crowd, deadpanning, "You might like this one because it's a protest song, protesting the death of my grandmother." J.B.