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.
- Faithless Street
- Stanger’s Almanac
Top 5 Whiskeytown Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):
- 16 Days (Faithless Street)
- Jacksonville Skyline (Pneumonia)
- Inn Town (Stranger’s Almanac)
- Don’t Wanna Know Why (Pneumonia)
- 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.
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