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David Ryan Adams, 5 November 1974, Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA. Adams first foray into music was with high school punk band, Patty Duke Syndrome, fuelled by influences such as the Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. However, first experiences of love-turned-sour converted Adams to country and folk as he searched for a musical genre which could embody his feelings. In this spirit, Whiskeytown was the band Adams formed in 1994 with Caitlin Cary, Phil Wandscher, Eric Skillet Gilmore and Steve Grothman. After only two albums, Faithless Street and Strangers Almanac, and beset by personnel changes, the band began to disintegrate, partly because of artistic and personal differences, partly because of an inability to meet the fans expectations as result of alcohol and drug excesses. (Well, we were called Whiskeytown! was Adams riposte.) Nevertheless, Adams image as a latter-day hell-raiser served him well and his popularity...