Ryan Adams (born David Ryan Adams on November 5, 1974) is an alt-country
and rock and roll singer-songwriter
from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Adams dropped out of high school at age 16 to work in a shoe shop and make music. He formed a band named Whiskeytown
in 1994; they disbanded in 1999 having released two full albums, Faithless Street
and Strangers Almanac
. Adams went on to put out his first solo record, Heartbreaker
, in 2000. After a long delay, in 2001 Whiskeytown's third album Pneumonia
was finally issued.