Whiskeytown was an alternative country band formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994. Fronted by Ryan Adams, other members included Caitlin Cary, Phil Wandscher, Eric "Skillet" Gilmore, and Mike Daly. They disbanded in 1999, with Adams leaving to pursue his solo career. In 2005, Adams and Cary announced that they would reform the band and record another LP.
The band is considered one of the genre's most influential and successful, along with Uncle Tupelo, The Jayhawks and The Old 97's. Like these acts, Whiskeytown gradually expanded its sound outside the confines of alt-country, while still keeping roots in acts like singer/songwriter Gram Parsons and alternative rock band The Replacements. Much like Uncle Tupelo member Jeff Tweedy's current band Wilco, Adams eventually grew out of many of the sound's trappings altogether as a solo artist.
Throughout Whiskeytown's history, Adams carried a reputation for being difficult to work with, and as a result, member changes came fast and furious. Despite the fact that the band only released three albums, none of the albums feature a consistent lineup, with only Adams and Cary remaining constants.
|origin||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|music genre||Alternative Country|