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 Does Bluegrass Covers of Black Sabbath and Slayer at 2016 Newport Folk Festival
Ryan Adams did the reverse-Bob Dylan by unplugging at Newport this weekend.
Watch Ryan Adams Cover Oasis' 'Morning Glory' and 'Supersonic'
It isn't often that you see a headliner covering songs by the opening act. But during his July 13 stop in Pittsburgh, Ryan Adams made an exception for Noel Gallagher.
Ryan Adams Announces Deluxe Reissue of His Solo Debut 'Heartbreaker'
Adams will revisit his solo debut in a 35-track expanded reissue featuring previously unreleased outtakes and demos.
Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Many More Revealed for Basilica Block Party
Other artists playing the annual benefit concert in Minneapolis include Death Cab for Cutie, Gary Clark Jr. and Cold War Kids.
Father John Misty Calls Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’ a ‘Grotesque Stunt,’ Taylor Swift’s Tour ‘Disturbing’
Josh Tillman says his spoof of Adams' covers album turned out to be a "comedy of errors" and describes seeing Swift's concert on acid as just plain "disturbing."
Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams + Many More Revealed for Outside Lands Festival
Sufjan Stevens, Grimes, Jason Isbell and the Claypool Lennon Delirium are also among the acts playing San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this August.
SXSW Reveals Full Artist List of More Than 2,000 Performers
This year's SXSW is just around the corner and the annual Austin festival has unveiled the massive lineup including Iggy Pop, the Strokes, CHVRCHES and Deftones.
Ryan Adams + Alabama Shakes Announced for 2016 XPoNential Music Festival
Brandi Carlile, Father John Misty and Kurt Vile will also play the Philadelphia festival this July.
Watch Ryan Adams' Career-Spanning Acoustic Solo Set on 'Austin City Limits'
Postmodern troubadour Ryan Adams appeared on last night's episode of the PBS series 'Austin City Limits' and opted towards intimacy during his set.