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Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary have since gone on to estimable solo careers, but for a brief flicker in the mid-90s the duo managed to work together as Whiskeytown, an alt-country band with roots in Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and the Replacements. Stranger’s Almanac was their 1997 major label debut, after the head-turning indie release Faithless Street. The original album stands as a versatile 13-track collection that established them as virtual veterans (Adams was all of 22!) of the emerging Americana rock scene with several key selections (“Excuse Me While I Try to Break My Own Heart,” “Yesterday’s News,” “Turn Around“).

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Outstanding album, best work by Ryan Adams

This album is definitely stronger than Pneumonia (Whiskeytown's 3rd effort). "Waiting to Derail", "Avenues", "16 Days", "Dancing with the Women at the Bar", "Turn Around", "Yesterday's News" = excellent tunes. "Houses on the Hill" though pushes this album over the top; simply fascinating. Relatively spare and on the surface just a simple country tune, it is evocative and powerful without being overly sentimental.

Great Whiskeytown Introduction

Strangers Almanac is a fantastic album for anyone wanting to sample what Whiskeytown is all about. There are so many hits and catchy tracks. 16 Days has outstanding lyrics and a foot-tapping pace while Houses on the Hill is so beautiful in it's imagery and sadness. Absolutely a must-have.

Never to be repeated

Regardless of all the bad press Ryan gets, often deservingly, for his notorious behavior, hands down this is one of the best displays of music ever produced. It totally made me rethink what I thought I knew and enjoyed about music. You would be at a loss to have not bought this album.


Formed: 1994 in Raleigh, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

A band with as turbulent an existence as Whiskeytown was bound to implode sooner or later, but by the time they did, they had one of the largest cult followings of any alt-country band. Most accounts traced the source of all the turmoil to bandleader Ryan Adams, a gifted young songwriter whose flashes of brilliance came hand in hand with a volatile temper and an appetite for alcohol. Adams became notorious for his outbursts and erratic performances, and countless disputes with bandmates (some of...
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