Video: Ryan Adams, ‘Lucky Now’ (Live on Skavlan)

In which our hero does what he does best: bringing tears to the eyes of onlookers as he performs a pitch-perfect and inspired live take on a brilliantly bittersweet new tune. Sure, he killed this Ashes & Fire cut on Conan, not to mention the official video and studio takes proved its worth as a single, but here’s where “Lucky Now” shines the brightest for me. Seated unusually close to the show’s guests and host,¬†Fredrik Skavla, Adams cut through the Norwegian/Swedish television program’s jovial vibe, armed only with his well-honed songwriting craftsmanship, understated guitar work, and a nuanced vocal agility that few others are pulling off nowadays.

Check out the clip below: