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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.

Ryan Adams Transforms Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Into a Dark Piano Ballad

Ryan Adams / Taylor Swift
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Like all of the clips Adams has shared thus far, “Shake It Off” is just as much a transformation of the original as its predecessors.

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Ryan Adams Has Finished His Taylor Swift ’1989′ Covers Album, Teases Two More Songs

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Paul Thomas / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

There isn't yet a release date for the covers album, although Adams did tweet that the record is done and has a rough mix completed.

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Preview Ryan Adams’ Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Wildest Dreams’

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Paul Thomas/Dave Hogan, Getty Images

Ryan Adams is recording a full-album cover of Taylor Swift's '1989' and he just provided another tantalizing glimpse of what's to come.

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Hear Ryan Adams Cover Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ + ‘Shake It Off’

Ryan Adams / Taylor Swift
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Ryan Adams has shared his takes on two of Taylor Swift's massive hits: “Bad Blood” and “Shake It Off.”

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Ryan Adams Previews More Songs From His Upcoming Taylor Swift Covers Album

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After previewing his rendition of “Welcome to New York,” Ryan Adams has meticulously documented his second day working on his album of Taylor Swift covers.

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Ryan Adams Previews His Cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’

Ryan Adams / Taylor Swift
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What exactly comes to mind when you think of '1989'? Apparently, for Adams -- and her small army of fans -- the answer is Taylor Swift.

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Ryan Adams Announces New Pax-Am Single, ‘Willow Lane’

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The titular single, due out Aug. 21, will be backed with two more new songs, “Yes or Run” and “Red Hot Blues.”

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17 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals

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Frank Micelotta Archive/Hulton Archive

No disrespect to the original songs, but these covers take the source material to entirely new (and sometimes unexpected) places.

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10 Best Album Opening Tracks

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Even in this ever-changing digital world of music, the first track on an album, both past and present, serves as a master of ceremonies of sorts.

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18 Years Ago: Whiskeytown Release ‘Strangers Almanac’

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'Strangers Almanac,' in particular, has left a lasting imprint on the face of alt-country ever since its arrival 18 years ago.

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