Ryan Adams is one of the most popular American music artists to have emerged from the alt-country scene of the 1990s. Over the years he has played a variety of genres and established himself in every aspect of music making. Be it singing, songwriting, producing or playing instruments, Adams is well skilled to do it all. Besides his own solo music contributions and those as part of the alternative country band Whiskeytown, the musician has produced albums for the likes of Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Fall Out Boy and Jenny Lewis. He is also a recognized writer and has written a book of poems titled Infinity Blues and Hello Sunshine which is a collection of short stories and poems.
The multi-talented music artist has earned a total of five Grammy nominations in his career so far. His most recent nomination was in the category of Song of the Year at the Americana Music Awards for his song To Be Without You.
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David Ryan Adams was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, on November 5, 1974. As a child he was immensely inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe. He was only eight years old when he started writing short stories on his grandmother’s typewriter. During his teens, Adams discovered maverick writers such as Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac.
Adams went to the Jacksonville High School but dropped out when he was sixteen. At this point in time, he had learnt to play the guitar and was performing with punk bands such as The Lazy Stars and Ass. Later he joined The Patty Duke Syndrome.
After obtaining his GED, the aspiring musician moved to Raleigh and formed the band Whiskeytown with violinist and singer Caitlin Cary. The band’s debut record titled Faithless Street came out in 1996. Produced by The dB’s frontman Chris Stamey, the album received favorable reviews from the critics who compared the band’s sound to that of the alternative country music group, Uncle Tupelo.
Whiskeytown soon signed a deal with Outpost Records under which they released their second music album Stranger’s Almanac in 1997. During 1997 and 1998, the musicians toured in support of the album. In 1999, the band returned to the studios to record their new album Pneumonia. By this time Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary were the only members left in Whiskeytown. The record was unfortunately shelved during the merger of PolyGram and Universal.
Soon Ryan Adams joined hands with David Rawlings and Gillian Welch to record his debut solo album Heartbreaker at the Woodland Studios in Nashville. It was released in the year 2000 via the independent Chicago based label, Bloodshot Records. The record was highly praised for its balance of folk, country and classic-sounding rock. The collection is said to be inspired by the singer’s break-up with music publicist, Amy Lombardi. Interestingly, the title for the record is taken from a Mariah Carey poster. According to Adams his manager called him and said he had fifteen seconds to name the album. Adams looked at a poster of Carey wearing a T-shirt that read Heartbreaker, hence the name of his second album.
Heartbreaker was ranked 23rd on Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Albums of the Decade list. It was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. When Pneumonia was released via Lost Highway Records in 2001, it was viewed more as an Adams’ solo record than a Whiskeytown release.
In the year 2001, Ryan Adams released the album Gold. It sold over 360,000 copies in the US alone. Its song New York, New York was regularly played on MTV after the 9/11 terror attacks in the city. Another major hit off the record is When the Stars Go Blue. It has been covered by well known country music artists such as Bono, Tim McGraw, The Corrs and Bethany Joy Galeotti. Another one of the album’s songs The Rescue Blues featured in the end credits of the 2001 movie, Behind Enemy Lines. Gold is one of the bestselling albums of Adams’ music career.
Ryan Adams earned three nominations at the 2002 Grammy Awards in categories including Best Rock Album, Best Male Country Vocal Performance for a version of Hank Williams’ song Lovesick Blues and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for New York, New York.
Adams’ next studio album Demolition came out in 2002. Released via Lost Highway, it consists of material from the singer’s unreleased studio records namely 48 Hours, The Pinkheart Sessions and The Suicide Handbook. The record Rock N Roll followed in 2003. It featured guest appearances by the singer’s actress girlfriend at the time, Parker Posey. Although it received mixed reviews, the singer described the collection as ‘the most rock thing I have ever done.’
Rock N Roll was perceived to be influenced by the pop sound of the English band Smiths. Lost Highway Records was not too pleased with Adams new wave tendencies and hence released his next studio effort Love is Hell as two EPs. Featuring on Love is Hell Part 2 was the acoustic cover version of the Oasis’s Wonderwall. The song earned the singer a Grammy nomination. The surprising success of the EP convinced the label to release Love is Hell as a proper album in May, 2004.
In 2005, Ryan Adams released three records. These include Jacksonville City Nights and the Grateful Dead inspired Cold Roses; both featured his new backing band, the Cardinals. The third one was a somber piano album titled 29. Adams received a lot of appreciation for his songwriting on these albums.
The 2000s saw almost one album release by the multi-faceted musician every year. His 2014 self-titled album debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard’s Top Tock Albums chart, a first for the singer. Besides it won Adams two nominations at the Grammy Awards; one for Best Rock Album and the other in the Best Rock Song category for the track Gimme Something Good.
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Ryan Adams’ latest studio album Prisoner hit the music stores in February, 2017. It was preceded by singles such as Doomsday, To Be Without You and Do You Still Love Me? The record reached the eighth spot on the US Billboard 200.
Adams is among the most notable alt-country musicians to have found mainstream commercial success. Refusing to be confined to or categorized in any particular genre, he has come to be known as one of the most prolific singers and songwriters of recent times.
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