25 Interesting Facts about Ryan Adams

1. Adams dropped out of high school to pursue music
1. Adams dropped out of high school to pursue music
Adams decided to drop out of high school the first week of tenth grade and moved into bandmate Jere McIlwean's rental house. During this time, he performed with two local bands, Ass and The Lazy Stars and The Patty Duke Syndrome. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
2. Adams learned how to play guitar at age 14
2. Adams learned how to play guitar at age 14
Having been influenced by country music at an early age, Ryan was given his first electric guitar by his mother and stepfather. Shortly afterward, he joined a local band called Blank Label.(Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Nike)
3. Adams has collaborated with a wide variety of artists
3. Adams has collaborated with a wide variety of artists
Over the course of his music career, Ryan Adams has worked with Counting Crows, Willie Nelson, Weezer, Norah Jones, America, Minnie Driver, Cowboy Junkies, Toots & the Maytals, and more. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG)
4. Adams planned on taking a break from music
4. Adams planned on taking a break from music
After marrying pop singer/songwriter Mandy Moore and citing hearing loss due to Meniere's disease, Adams intended on taking a break from music. Adams returned to the music scene in 2010, releasing several new records and playing sold-out shows across the country. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for IMG)
5. He used to write short stories when he was 8 years old
5. He used to write short stories when he was 8 years old
Adams began writing short stories and limericks on his grandmother's typewriters when he was a child, claiming that Edgar Allen Poe, Hubert Selby, Jr., Henry Miller, and Jack Kerouac were some of his influences. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
6. He became a breakthrough artist right after September 11, 2001
6. He became a breakthrough artist right after September 11, 2001
Adams filmed a music video for his first single "New York, New York" featuring him performing in front of the city's skyline four days before the September 11th attacks. The video was played often on MTV and VH! after the attacks, making Adams a then breakthrough artist to mainstream music listeners. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
7. Adams is a successful poet
7. Adams is a successful poet
The singer/songwriter is also a well-known poet, having written two poetry books in 2009 titles "Infinity Blues" and "Hello Sunshine." He intends on releasing another book called "Phoenix" in 2012. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
8. He is the cofounder of the band Whiskeytown
8. He is the cofounder of the band Whiskeytown
After the breakup of The Patty Duke Syndrome, he went on to found Whiskeytown, an alt-country band that was heavily influenced Gram Parsons, the Rolling Stones, Peter Buck, and Uncle Tupelo. Even though the band was not together, they released three critically acclaimed albums (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
9. Adams has released 16 records (so far)
9. Adams has released 16 records (so far)
Ever since 1995, Adams has recorded three albums with Whiskeytown, thirteen solo albums, eight EPs, and 10 singles. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
10. Adams produced Willie Nelson's album Songbird
10. Adams produced Willie Nelson's album Songbird
Not only did Adams produce Nelson's 2006 album, but his band The Cardinals also performed on all eleven tracks. Adams also opened for Nelson at the Hollywood Bowl later that fall. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
11. He was supposed to play at Stonehenge
11. He was supposed to play at Stonehenge
Adams was scheduled to play at the historic Stonehenge as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival in 2006. Due to an overwhelming demand for tickets, the Stonehenge society had to cancel the gig, due to a fear in having the surrounding highways shut down.. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images for IMG)
12. Adams has battled drug abuse
12. Adams has battled drug abuse
In 2006, he revealed that he had endured an extended period of substance abuse, routinely mixing heroine and cocaine, as well as abusing alcohol and pills. Adams said he had beat his addiction though Valium therapy and attending 12-Step meetings. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for IMG)
13. He has experimented with several different music genres
13. He has experimented with several different music genres
Even though alt-country is his genre of choice, Adams has tampered with hip hop, punk rock, folk, rock, heavy metal and many others. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
14. He posts new music on his website often
14. He posts new music on his website often
Adams has uploaded 18 albums worth of new recordings onto his website, featuring humorous lyrics and a few Bob Dylan covers. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
15. He is known under a few pseudonyms
15. He is known under a few pseudonyms
While most may know the singer/songwriter as simply Ryan Adams, Adams likes to release music under several unique names, like Werewolph and Sleazy Handshake. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
16. Adam's was inspired by Laura Marling while recording Ashes & Fire
16. Adam's was inspired by Laura Marling while recording Ashes & Fire
Ryan claims that Marling's second studio album I Speak Because I Can inspired him t re-write the majority of the album. Adams is quoted saying "I Literally threw out 80% of what I had. And it felt good, to ask: 'What am I really capable of?' Adams released Ashes & Fire earlier this year on October 10th. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
17. He has his own record company
17. He has his own record company
Initially started to release demo recordings from a previous label, Adams founded the Pax Americana Recording Company (PAX-AM) in 2004 and began releasing his music through it exclusively. Adams also sells previous albums and merchandise through PAX-AM.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
18. He has an album on the Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2008 list
18. He has an album on the Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2008 list
Adams' Cardinology was placed at #14 on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2008" list. Cardinology was his tenth studio album, his fourth studio album and final with The Cardinals, and the album that completed his contract with record label Lost Highway. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
19. The title of his debut album originated from a Mariah Carey poster
19. The title of his debut album originated from a Mariah Carey poster
According to Ryan Adams, the title of his debut album Heartbreaker was inspired by a poster of Mariah Carey. He claims, "My manager called and said 'You have 15 seconds to name this record,' and my eyes focused on this poster of Mariah wearing a T-shirt that said HEARTBREAKER. I just shouted "Heartbreaker!" (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
20. He use three different guitars
20. He use three different guitars
When performing in the studio as well as at live shows, Adams uses a Gibson ES-355, a Fender Telecaster, and a Fender Stratocaster. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
21. He hates country music
21. He hates country music
Adams wrote a post on a past website, admitting his hatred toward the genre. Adams says "I hate country music. I always have. I 'reference' it when I make music that sounds like that. But I cannot stand country music one bit. Unless The Grateful Dead are messin' 'round with it. Then it's tolerable." (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
22. He never intended to be a songwriter
22. He never intended to be a songwriter
Even though he is an avid poet and writer, Adams never wanted to write music. He is quoted as saying "I never intended to be a songwriter but it as a snowball effect type thing and it pained me to have to play live because I have stage fright. I just wanted to be a writer and a visual artist and in a metal band." (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
23. He broke his wrist in the middle of a show
23. He broke his wrist in the middle of a show
While performing his song "The Shadowlands" at his show in Liverpool, Adams fell off the end of the stage and into the orchestra pit six feet below. As a result of the injury, he cancelled the rest of his 2004 European and American tour dates. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
24: He's plugged in
24: He's plugged in
Adams been known to frequent his own fan-created sites and message boards, and while there post very long and ramblin' messages. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
25: He flipped The Finger
25: He flipped The Finger
Played guitar in a punk band called, "The Finger" with Jesse Malin, and several others. They have released an album, but Ryan did none of the singing. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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