Sense Of Place North Carolina: Whiskeytown : World Cafe Hear a 1997 studio set and interview with Ryan Adams and the rest of the classic alt-country band.

Sense Of Place North Carolina: Whiskeytown

Whiskeytown On World Cafe

  • <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Whiskeytown. Brigitte Engl/Redferns/Getty hide caption

toggle caption
Brigitte Engl/Redferns/Getty


Brigitte Engl/Redferns/Getty

In the spirit of Sense Of Place: North Carolina, this week World Cafe digs deep into the archives to bring you vintage sessions with artists from the Cardinal State.

Set List

  • "16 Days"
  • "Somebody Remembers The Rose"
  • "Too Drunk To Dream"
  • "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart"
  • "Dreams" (Fleetwood Mac cover)

In 1997, World Cafe visited with American alt-country band Whiskeytown. Formed in 1994 with Ryan Adams at its helm, the band released its first album, Faithless Street, in 1996. That landed Whiskeytown a record deal, and it released Strangers Almanac in 1997. Both albums earned positive reviews, but the inconsistent band members and Adams' urge to start his solo career led to the band's breakup in 2001.

In this session, Adams introduces a new member of the group and discusses why he always writes songs about heartbreak. Also, Whiskeytown performs songs from its first two records, as well as a Fleetwood Mac cover.

Episode Playlist