Alternatives to Ryan Adams

Many one-time fans of the music of Ryan Adams will be keen to explore new avenues. At Folk and Tumble, we've been listening to these strong female artists.

In the wake of a string of allegations made against songwriter Ryan Adams, many one-time fans may find themselves no longer able to listen to his music in the same way. In recent years, there has been a growing movement of people wanting to stop listening to artists embroiled in such scandals. Spotify has even released functionality to block artists from searches and playlists.

I’ve been listening to Ryan Adams since a close friend back in 2001 introduced me to ‘Heartbreaker’ and the Whiskeytown records. The breaking news on Valentine’s Day 2019 will have left many fans shocked, angry, disappointed. The women who have so far spoken out have shown an incredible bravery and strength. It’s important these women’s voices carry through the hype and sensationalism of mass media.

Maybe you want to smash up your Ryan Adams CDs. Maybe you want to make some cool art from your vinyl. Maybe you’re just looking for an artist to fill that void and that’s where we’re here to help.

We’ve compiled a list of 20 female artists. Listen to them. Believe them. Tell your friends about them. It’s possible to support women in the industry without being a creep.

Phoebe Bridgers

Kayleigh Goldsworthy

Emily Barker

First Aid Kit

Courtney Barnett

Kacey Musgraves

Jenny Lewis

Sharon Van Etten


Neko Case

Liz Phair

Julien Baker

Lucy Dacus

Courtney Marie Andrews

Julie Byrne

The Staves

Natalie Merchant

Kathleen Edwards

Nikki Lane

Natalie Prass