"To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)" - Ryan Adams at The Mercury Lounge in NYC on Oct 20, 2000 [YouTube Official Video]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published May 6, 2016

With 18 studio albums under his belt and counting, Ryan Adams is one of music's most prolific artists. Today, the musician has shared a live performance video from 2000, the year he released his first solo album, Heartbreaker. The clip was filmed at the intimate Mercury Lounge in New York City and features him performing the song "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)." Watch it above.

We're transported back in time to when Ryan was a budding star playing tiny venues. He delivers a passionate version of the folky acoustic song in front of a small audience. Nowadays, Adams sells out larger venues and draws a large crowd at festivals, so this performance is a real treat for fans to hear and watch. Compare this to the full band version from Heartbreaker, which has a distinct Bob Dylan 1965 flavor:

Today, Adams has released a 2 CD/DVD deluxe edition of Heartbreaker. Pick it up on Amazon.

For the latest music, news, and tour information on Ryan Adams, check out his Zumic artist page.

Ryan Adams Heartbreaker deluxe edition album cover art

Source: Ryan Adams YouTube

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