Song:To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
Most fans became familiar with Ryan Adams as leader of Whiskeytown. He went solo when they split up. Heartbreaker was his 2000 solo debut CD. He's a great singer songwriter but his temper causes problems sometimes. He was born Nov. 5, 1974 in Jacksonville, NC. He was raised by his mother after his parents divorced. But Adams credits his grandmother for getting him into writing. He learned to play guitar as a teen and was in a couple of local bands. He formed Whiskeytown in 1994. And though they had some success, there were constant personnel problems and Adams was always threatening to go solo. He finally did this after Whiskeytown split up in 1999. His debut album Heartbreaker was released in 2000. The album was produced by session drummer turned producer Ethan Johns. The main musicians are the duo of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings who are a very successful act themselves. Rawlings wrote To Be Young with Adams and the duo performs the song too. The album was originally released on the alt country label Bloodshot. But Adams soon signed with Universal's Lost Highway label and they re-released it. It is available as a budget CD. Since then Adams has kept a very busy recording and touring schedule. He also recorded and toured with his band the Cardinals. He disbanded them in 2009. Adams currently records for Blue Note. When Universal bought Blue Note, they closed Lost Highway and moved all the artists to Blue Note. Adams' latest CD Prisoner was released in February and he is currently touring to support it. Here's Ryan Adams performing To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) on the Dutch TV show 2 Meter Sessies Feb. 2002.