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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“). The Deluxe Edition includes five previously unreleased public radio performances and the band’s pre-production demos (known in collectors’ circles as the Barn’s On Fire sessions) that include straight-forward interpretations of Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” the True Believers’ “The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over” and Parsons’ “Luxury Liner” as well as stripped renditions of many key Almanac tracks. 

Customer Reviews

A truly great album.

I remember when this album first came out...actually, no, I remember Whiskeytown doing a radio show in Dallas, Tx to promote a show they were doing that night. They played a few tunes, one being "16 Days." I went out the next day and bought the record and today it remains one of my favorite of the 90's. It's an honest record w/ amazing songs that benefit positively from Jim Scott's production value. The bonus tracks on this version are great snapshots of what the songs were and where they were headed. A worthy purchase for any fan of the band.

So Damn Good!

This is a no brainer. The b-sides, alternative takes, and live recordings are worth every penny.


Good additions to a classic album! Highly recommended, especially the acoustic versions of the album tracks!


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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