Watch Ryan Adams Lead Whiskeytown Through Early 1997 Set in St. Louis

May 8, 2017

Last week we told you about a 2006 Ryan Adams and the Cardinals set posted to YouTube and now the account niebuhrsongs is going way back into Adams’ career with footage from a 1997 set with his Whiskeytown project. 

Appearing at High Pointe in St. Louis shortly before their major label debut Strangers Almanac, Adams and fellow core member Caitlin Cary as well as guitarist Phil Wandscher, Steve Terry and Jeff Rice roll through nine songs including better known Whiskeytown tracks “16 Days,” “Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight” and “Yesterday’s News.” 

The set starts out on a funnier note, with a quick shot at a local member of the press followed by a mention of Uncle Tupelo, the early project from Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy that broke up in 1994. “We love Uncle Tupelo, but that doesn’t have anything to do with why we’re in a rock and roll band at all,” Adams says. “Blues Traveler is the reason,” the other guitarist chimes in to laughter. 

Watch below.