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 Calls Father John Misty a ‘Self-Important A—hole’
Ryan Adams apparently hasn't forgiven Father John Misty for mocking his Taylor Swift covers.
Live, Liam Gallagher, Ryan Adams + More to Play Lollapalooza Aftershows and Pre-Parties
Some major names at this year's Lollapalooza Festival will also perform shows in clubs throughout Chicago.
Watch Ryan Adams Cover Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun'
Ryan Adams paid tribute to Soundgarden's frontman over the weekend by performing their biggest hit.
Liz Phair Is Working on a Double Album at Ryan Adams' Studio
Liz Phair recorded five songs yesterday at Ryan Adams' Los Angeles studio.
Listen to Ryan Adams' New 'To Be Without You' Single
Ryan Adams has given us the second preview of his upcoming 'Prisoner' LP.
15 Years Ago: Ryan Adams Goes Outside His Comfort Zone on 'Gold'
'Gold' saw Ryan Adams look to branch away from his alt-country roots.