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Ryan Adams got his musical start playing punk rock before he was old enough to drive. Dropping out of high school in North Carolina, he decided music was his calling. Adams got his first taste of real success fronting the alt-country band Whiskeytown, describing punk as “too hard to sing.” After three successful albums, the band came to an end and Adams struck out as a solo artist. While not a commercial success, his first release, ‘Heartbreaker,’ gained critical praise. With his second album, ‘Gold,’ Adams received more widespread attention thanks to the single, ‘New York, New York.’ Adams’ label, Lost Highway Records, refused to release several of his albums, opting instead to make Adams’ third solo release, ‘Demolition,’ a mix of songs chosen from the unreleased albums. In 2004, Adams started his own label, Pax Americana, to release what Lost Highway wouldn’t. When his contract with Lost Highway expired, Adams started releasing everything through his own label. He fronted the Cardinals from 2005 until the band split in 2009. Since then, he’s released numerous songs, put together a punk band called Pornograph, and recorded a handful of solo albums.

Watch Ryan Adams’ Career-Spanning Acoustic Solo Set on ‘Austin City Limits’

Scott Newton
Scott Newton

Postmodern troubadour Ryan Adams appeared on last night's episode of the PBS series 'Austin City Limits' and opted towards intimacy during his set.

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Watch Ryan Adams Perform Four Stripped-Down Songs on ‘Austin City Limits’

Ryan Adams
PBS

The hair-obscured singer played "Desire," "My Wrecking Ball," "Gimme Something Good" and "If I Am a Stranger."

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10 Years Ago: Ryan Adams Releases ’29,’ His Third Album of 2005

Danny Clinch
Danny Clinch

Although Ryan Adams might have been running out on fumes by the time he recorded '29,' the underrated album contains at least two legitimate classics.

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Ryan Adams Teases New Music on Instagram

Julia Brokaw
Julia Brokaw

Ryan Adams just celebrated his 41st birthday, but he's already back to work in the studio, and lucky for us, he shared a preview of a brand-new song.

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Spoon Cover Van Morrison, Ryan Adams Improvises ‘No Shirt’ Song at Benefit Show

Kevin Winter / Paul Thomas, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Paul Thomas, Getty Images

At Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit, Spoon covered Van Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said," and Ryan Adams riffed on a shirtless member of the audience.

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Ryan Adams Discusses ‘1989’ Covers Album, Compares Taylor Swift to Shakespeare

Alice Baxley
Alice Baxley

Adams described the transition from his own work to Swift's as “being in 'Ghostbusters' or something, and then all of a sudden I have to go do Shakespeare.”

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Ryan Adams Plays Taylor Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ on ‘Kimmel’

ABC
ABC

Ryan Adams welcomed 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to its temporary new home in New York City by fittingly delivering his take on Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York."

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Watch Ryan Adams + Taylor Swift Talk ‘1989,’ Songwriting, the Smiths + More

GQ
GQ

Adams and Swift talked Siri, finding song inspiration in their dreams and their creative processes.

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Ryan Adams Announces Physical Release Date for ‘1989’ Covers Album

Julia Brokaw
Julia Brokaw

Adams' '1989' will be available on CD on Oct. 30. A vinyl edition will follow on Dec. 18.

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Watch Ryan Adams Perform Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Style’ and ‘Blank Space’ on ‘The Daily Show’

Ryan Adams Daily Show
Comedy Central

Ryan Adams was the first musical guest on Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' and he brought three Taylor Swift covers from his version of '1989.'

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