|By 6tee-zeven - Originally uploaded to Flickr as Ryan Adams, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5624192|
Ryan Adams is usually described as an indy rocker, folk rocker, or a country rock recording artist. It's not unexpected that he is frequently confused with the Canadian guitar-rock legend Bryan Adams, but Ryan Adams is from North Carolina and it shows. I think it's reasonable to confuse a few of their songs, but Ryan (not Bryan) Adams is clearly an independent creative force. I'm also a huge fan of Bryan Adams, who seems like a nicer guy and has many more hits, but is also a highly commercial artist.
Since Ryan writes country rock, the music can be a little bit of a downer upon prolonged listening, but he really is a brilliant lyricist. On the other hand he released an entire cover of Taylor Swift's album 1989, played in his own style. It was a remarkable move that completely contradicted his entire career up until that point, and it was successful and well reviewed.
This is a sample of his original songwriting.