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Jacksonville NC, United States (1994 – present)

Ryan Adams (born David Ryan Adams on November 5, 1974) is an and from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Initially part of the group Whiskeytown, which was at the time considered one of the leaders of the alt-country genre, Adams left the band and released his first solo album, Heartbreaker, in 2000 (which was subsequently nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize). As well as his solo albums, Adams has released five albums as Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.

Adams dropped out of high school at age 16 to work in a shoe shop and make music. He formed a band named Whiskeytown in 1994; they disbanded in 1999 having released two full albums, Faithless Street and Strangers Almanac. Adams went on to put out his first solo record, Heartbreaker, in 2000. After a long delay, in 2001 Whiskeytown’s third album Pneumonia was finally issued.

In 2002, Ryan contributed backing vocals on Butterfly In Reverse, from the Counting Crows album, Hard Candy; after Adam Duritz (Counting Crows lead singer) appeared on the album Gold.

Ryan is highly prolific, and in 2005 released one double album and two regular albums: Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Nights and 29, respectively. His album, 29, was produced by friend Ethan Johns (who also produced his first two albums, Heartbreaker and Gold). In between those two releases and his 2005 triple-header, Ryan released Demolition (a collection of out-takes), Love Is Hell and Rock N Roll. Unreleased studio albums include 48 Hours, Exile On Franklin Street and Suicide Handbook.


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  • GreatBarcia

    suicide handbook probably one of the greatest unreleased albums ever...

    26 Jul 4:00pm Reply
  • yoda_soda


    23 Jul 6:01pm Reply
  • NilsonSales

    Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams born on November 5. Coincidence?

    23 Jul 3:29am Reply
  • snclr


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  • robotpwnsyou

    Summer of '69!!

    21 Jun 6:21am Reply
  • arr2171

    new single july 1 <3

    15 Jun 9:43pm Reply
  • hanstone

    haha RA rules

    14 Jun 2:44am Reply
  • uppis5

    I love you Ryan ♥

    18 May 8:51am Reply
  • echeagaray

    please come to mexico!!!

    17 May 3:30am Reply
  • christiendo

    If you love Ryan, check out Ray LaMontagne's "Supernova". You can stream it on sound cloud!

    14 Apr 12:28pm Reply
  • kelseymillz

    Once Ray LaMontagne's new album comes out in May, I'll be anxiously awaiting new Ryan Adams tunes... Ray and Ryan are my two all-time favorites!!

    13 Apr 8:37pm Reply
  • schirri86

    very rare

    10 Apr 7:41am Reply
  • Gowienczyk

    I don't know why but I still quite enjoy the better songs on Easy Tiger the most. Just something about that record's highs that resonates with me

    20 Mar 4:02am Reply
  • JDoug63

    One of the best ever !

    9 Jan 6:58pm Reply
  • CarlosDornelles

    Great musician

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • EsmeTenorio

    Laura Marling: “He’s brilliant, there’s nothing that even comes close, he can paint the most amazing pictures in your mind" ... Happy birthday, Ryan! :)

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • peachear

    His cover of Wonderwall is so beautiful. Great first impression for me.

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • yoda_soda

    Love is Hell is the first one i ever got. From there on it slowly turned into an obsession where i listened to his stuff on heavy rotation for almost 2 years. Yeah, he's that good. The only thing he has made that i didn't care for was Orion. It was his attempt at a metal/heavier album, but he really excels at acoustic ballads and country tinged stuff you can drink a beer while listening to it.

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • 05061985

    Probably 29 or Love is Hell. Ashes & Fire is pretty different from a lot of his stuff. To me at least.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Metamorphic_

    Ashes & Fire is just brilliant. Is the rest of his stuff just as good? What would be the natural next album to pick up if one loves that album?

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
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