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As a founder of Whiskeytown, a member of the Cardinals, and as a solo artist, Ryan Adams proved himself an inimitable contributor to the alternative country music scene. Adams flourished onstage as a singer and guitarist, as well as behind the scenes as a songwriter and producer. David Ryan Adams was born on November 5, 1974 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Adams endured an erratic childhood and dropped out of high school to pursue music fulltime. In 1994, Adams cofounded the alternative country music band Whiskeytown, releasing three albums over the six years to follow. In 2000, Adams branched off on his own, earning notability with solo albums Heartbreaker and Gold. In 2002, Adams performed alongside Elton John on the music series "CMT Crossraods" (CMT 2002-). In 2004, Adams teamed up with the rock band the Cardinals, releasing albums including Cold Roses (2005) and Jacksonville City Nights (2005). In the meantime, Adams contributed to the soundtrack for director Cameron Crowe's film "Elizabethtown" (2005). In 2008, Adams married actress and musician Mandy Moore. (The couple split in 2015.) Following a split with the Cardinals, Adams explored new genres of music, first releasing the metal-tinged album Orion (2010). Stepping into the acting game for the first time, Adams appeared as himself in Judd Apatow's dramedy film "This Is 40" (2012), to which he also contributed a number of songs. Continuing to explore new genres, Adams released the punk-inspired album 1984 (2014).
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