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You should be listening to Ryan Adams!

Ryan Adams is the brilliant yet mercurial singer songwriter who broke on to the music scene in the early 90’s with the alt/country group Whiskeytown. The oft troubled singer has carved out a prolific and somewhat unpredictable solo career that has seen both critical and commercial success. 

His solo debut “Heartbreaker” was released in 2000 with critical praise but lacked commercial clout.  In 2001, he released “Gold” but was reluctant to work the media circuit to promote the album but eventually capitulated to the powers that be and made a video for his single “New York, New York” which eerily and fortuitously for him featured Adams playing with the city skyline behind him.  The video was filmed four days prior to the 9/11 attacks and was put into heavy rotation on both MTV and VH1 which helped Adams find an audience with mainstream, commercial America.

Following the success of “Gold” Adams released “Demolition” with the similar results; critical attention but low volume sales.  He then went on to produce Jesse Malin’s debut the aptly titled “The Fine Art of Self Destruction”.  During 2002-03 Adams worked on the album “Love is Hell” which he eventually had to release as Pt. 1 & 2 EP’s due to his labels (Lost Highway) insistence that the album as a whole was not commercially viable.  He went back and made another album “Rock N Roll” which was released in Nov. 2003 along with “Love is Hell Pt. 1” with Pt.2 following in December.  Much to the surprise of Lost Highway “Love is Hell Pt. 1 & Pt. 2” were well received and in 2004 released it as intended, a complete album.  This album features the cover of the Oasis classic “Wonderwall” which Adam’s earned a Grammy nomination for his rendition of the song.

In 2005 Adams brought together “The Cardinals” and released two albums “Jacksonville Nights” and “Cold Roses”.  Rachel Yamagata covers backing vocals on several songs from “Cold Roses” while Nora Jones lends her dusky, dulcet tone to one song from “Jacksonville Nights”.  In 2006 he produced Willie Nelson’s album “Songbird” and Adams and The Cardinals performed as Nelson’s backing band. 

Currently, in true unpredictable Adam’s form, he has quit The Cardinals, become disillusioned with the musical world, is releasing some books, and spurring rumors of a Whiskeytown reunion.  He also married singer/actress Mandy Moore.

Ryan Adams Discography:

  • Heartbreaker
  • Gold
  • Demolition
  • Rock N Roll
  • Love Is Hell
  • Cold Roses
  • Jacksonville Nights
  • 29
  • Easy Tiger
  • Follow the Lights
  • Cardinology

Top 5 Ryan Adams Songs:

  1. Wonderwall (Love Is Hell)
  2. Two (Easy Tiger)
  3. My Love for You Is Real (Follow the Lights)
  4. New York, New York (Gold)
  5. Cold Roses (Cold Roses)

 Ryan Adam’s music is available on iTunes and record stores.

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You should be listening to Whiskeytown!

Whiskeytown is an Alt/Country band that was formed and fronted by mercurial singer/songwriter Ryan Adams in 1994.  Whiskeytown was one of the most influential and successful bands that helped define the Alt/Country sound of the 90’s along with Uncle Tupelo, The Jayhawks, and The Old 97’s.  Much like the aforementioned artists, Whiskeytown gradually expanded its sound beyond the confines of Alt/Country.

Their full length debut “Faithless Street” was released in 1996 and earned considerable recognition and praise from the Alt/Country press.  By the time they released their sophomore effort”Stanger’s Almanac” in 1997, they had a new rhythm section.  In 1999, they completed their third and final album “Pneumonia” but due to label mergers it was not released until 2001.  By this time, Adam’s had released his solo album “Heartbreaker” and was receiving critical acclaim which sent him further down the solo path. 

Whiskeytown, much like their contemporary, Uncle Tupelo, had a short lived career as a band due to the volatility of lead singer Ryan Adams.  In five short years, they put out three albums with a revolving door of musicians.  Only Ryan Adams and violinist Cary Caitlin appear on all three Whiskeytown albums.

Whiskeytown Discography

  • Faithless Street
  • Stanger’s Almanac
  • Pneumonia

Top 5 Whiskeytown Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. 16 Days (Faithless Street)
  2. Jacksonville Skyline (Pneumonia)
  3. Inn Town (Stranger’s Almanac)
  4. Don’t Wanna Know Why (Pneumonia)
  5. House on the Hill (Stranger’s Almanac) 

Since the early demise of Whiskeytown, there have been consistent rumors of a reunion, the most recent, and coming from Ryan Adams himself, in 2009. 

Check out Whiskeytown and let me know what you think.

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