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The Cardinals

The Cardinals, live at the Manchester Academy, England, November 2008
Background information
Origin USA
Genres Alternative country, rock, jam band, progressive rock
Years active 2004 – present
Associated acts Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Gin Wigmore
Website Official Site
Jon Graboff
Brad Pemberton
Neal Casal
Former members
Ryan Adams
Chris Feinstein
J.P. Bowersock
Cindy Cashdollar
Catherine Popper
Jamie Candiloro

The Cardinals are an American rock band that were formed in 2003 by alternative country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and fronted by him until 2009. The band was featured on Ryan Adams and the Cardinals albums Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Nights, Follow the Lights, and Cardinology. Though credited as a solo Ryan Adams release, the 2007 album Easy Tiger also features the Cardinals, as well as many other musicians who did not ever play in Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, constituting it be named a solo album.

Regarding the band's name, Adams states that he "suggested the Cardinals because it was my high school football team." [1]

Following Ryan Adams' hiatus in 2009, a few members of Ryan Adams and The Cardinals recorded an album with singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore.[2]

On December 15, 2009, news emerged that Cardinals' bassist Chris Feinstein had died in New York.[3][4][5][6]



Ryan Adams and The Cardinals first began as a duo when singer-songwriter Ryan Adams met J.P. Bowersock through his friend Ryan Gentles, manager of The Strokes, who were also Ryan Adams neighbors in New York in 2001. J.P. Bowersock and Ryan Adams rehearsed and performed in New York at various clubs under the name The Cardinals and were eventually joined for a short time by G.E. Smith, of the SNL band fame during the late 1980's and 1990's.

After recording the album, "29", Adams suggested to J.P. Bowersock that they might form a touring band. Brad Pemberton was the first member to join reuniting Ryan Adams and Brad Pemberton who had toured together until Adams' "Love is Hell" album. Following Pemberton shortly thereafter was Catherine Popper who initially played Stand-up Bass or "Double Bass" for the band.

The first touring line of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals consisted of Ryan Adams, Brad Pemberton, JP Bowersock, Catherine Popper, and Cindy Cashdollar. The band toured in 2004 and recorded Cold Roses. Cashdollar left in 2005. Jon Graboff was a hired replacement for the next two years until he became a full time member for their final album as Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.

The band toured worldwide without Cashdollar to promote Cold Roses, and during this period returned to the studio to record their second album, Jacksonville City Nights. Bowersock left after the album was recorded, and was replaced by Neal Casal.

In 2006, Popper left the band and was replaced by Chris Feinstein prior to a European tour in 2006. In 2007, The Cardinals joined Ryan Adams to record his new album, Easy Tiger, and the album's producer, Jamie Candiloro, was added to the lineup on piano. Follow the Lights appeared later in the year, once again produced by Candiloro.

Their latest album, Cardinology, was released in October 2008, and, according to Pitchfork Media, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals may be known as simply "The Cardinals" from now on.[7]

In January 2009, Adams announced that he would leave The Cardinals in order to "step back" from making music, citing hearing loss due to Ménière's disease as part of the reason for his decision.[8][9][10]

In April 2009, when asked about the Cardinals' future, guitarist Neal Casal stated: "I have absolutely no idea what the future holds. The Cardinals were the best band I've ever been in, and I would love to play with them again. Only time will tell what's going to happen. [...] I'll certainly miss it a lot."[11]

In May 2009, drummer Brad Pemberton stated that: "everyone was a bit fried, so it was the right time to step back for a minute. I encouraged Ryan to go and get married, and have a life and find some peace; the guy hasn’t really slowed down in ten years, and he needed it as much as we did. Ryan and I have shared too much and are too good of friends to not ever do anything again, but I think we all need to do our own thing for a minute."[12]

In July 2009, it emerged that former members of The Cardinals were not finished and had landed a gig with singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore in New Zealand. The only original founding member of The Cardinals that remains is Brad Pemberton. Adams continues to make music with J.P. Bowersock as well as other founding member of The Cardinals. [13][14][15]

On December 15, 2009, it was reported that Cardinals' bassist Chris Feinstein had passed away.

Band members

The final incarnation of The Cardinals. Live in Cincinnati, OH 2008. Left to right, Ryan Adams, Brad Pemberton, Neal Casal, Chris Feinstein and Jon Graboff.




With Ryan Adams

With Willie Nelson

With Gin Wigmore


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  2. ^ Lindsay, Andrew (2009-07-27). "Gin Wigmore and the Cardinals". Retrieved 2009-07-27.  
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  7. ^ Maher, Dave (2008-08-06). "Ryan Adams Schedules Fall Cardinals Tour". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-08-12.  
  8. ^ "Ryan Adams quits The Cardinals". NME. January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14.  
  9. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (January 14, 2009). "Ryan Adams Taking Hiatus From Music?". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-14.  
  10. ^ "Ryan Adams Saga Continues". January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  11. ^ Lindsay, Andrew (2009-04-19). "Interview: Neal Casal (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals)". Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
  12. ^ Lindsay, Andrew (2009-05-12). "Interview: Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals)". Retrieved 2009-05-12.  
  13. ^ "Ryan Adams’ Band Moves On with Gin Wigmore". TwentyFourBit. July 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-25.  
  14. ^ "Holy Smoke! Gin Wigmore Readies Debut Album". OzMusicScene. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-25.  
  15. ^ Lindsay, Andrew (2009-07-27). "Gin Wigmore and the Cardinals". Retrieved 2009-07-27.  

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