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 Perform Four Stripped-Down Songs on ‘Austin City Limits’
The hair-obscured singer played "Desire," "My Wrecking Ball," "Gimme Something Good" and "If I Am a Stranger."
10 Years Ago: Ryan Adams Releases '29,' His Third Album of 2005
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.
Spoon Cover Van Morrison, Ryan Adams Improvises 'No Shirt'
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.
Ryan Adams Plays Taylor Swift's ‘Welcome to New York’ on ‘Kimmel’
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."
Ryan Adams + Taylor Swift Talk ‘1989,’ the Smiths + More
Adams and Swift talked Siri, finding song inspiration in their dreams and their creative processes.
Ryan Adams Announces Physical Release Date for ‘1989’
Adams' '1989' will be available on CD on Oct. 30. A vinyl edition will follow on Dec. 18.
Watch Ryan Adams Perform 'Bad Blood,' 'Style,' and 'Blank Space' on the Daily Show
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.'
Ryan Adams Will Be Trevor Noah's First Musical Guest on ‘The Daily Show'
Following the viral-like success of his '1989' covers album, Ryan Adams has been revealed as the very first musical guest on 'The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.'