September 21, 2011 – 4:38 am

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Cat’s Cradle 1995 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC; May 25, 1995. Excellent soundboard.

Ryan Adams might have some punk roots but when he was a part of Whiskeytown (1994-2000), he was stationed right in alt-country with a touch of The Replacements.

For those who only know of Adams as a solo artist or as part of The Cardinals, here’s an early show cementing Whiskeytown’s rep before the group was caught up in a bidding war by the labels in 1996. Whiskeytown were then previewing songs from their debut album, Faithless Street, which would only be released in July 1995.

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2005.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart (5.9MB)
Track 02. Lucky Me (4.2MB)
Track 03. Drugstore Truck Driving Man (5.3MB)
Track 04. Don’t Take Your Guns To Town (4.9MB)
Track 05. Tennessee Square (6.5MB)
Track 06. Desperate Ain’t Lonley (5.7MB)
Track 07. Top Dollar (6.8MB)
Track 08. Midway Park (6.8MB)
Track 09. Western Stars (Chris Isaak) (7.1MB)
Track 10. Blank Generation (Richard Hell) (5.0MB)
Track 11. Way Down In The County (4.5MB)
Track 12. This May Be The Last Time (Staple Singers) (6.2MB)
Track 13. Faithless Street (7.3MB)
Track 14. Encore Break/Interlude (910k)
Track 15. Drank Like A River (5.9MB)
Track 16. If He Can’t Have You (7.4MB)

Total time: 56:02

Ryan Adams - guitar, vocals
Caitlin Cary - violin
Phil Wandscher - guitar
Chris Riser - steel guitar
Steve Grothmann - bass
Skillet Gilmore - drums

Click here to order Faithless Street.

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UPDATE: September 22, 2011

Thanks to Chris Riser for his feedback.

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I was playing steel guitar in Whiskeytown during that time, including on a few songs at that show.

Also, if you want to post it or otherwise use it, attached is a poster for the show that night. I also was in Pine State. The version of the band on the CD cover artwork is definitely not the version of the band that played that show.

Chris Riser

  1. 7 Responses to “WHISKEYTOWN - NORTH CAROLINA 1995”

  2. hey ..some alt country!!! thanks big o…

    By sluggo on Sep 21, 2011

  3. Alt-Country is kinda like fake urine you can dress it up and it’s still SH_T kickin’ Music!!!! What a waste of great musicians !!!

    By Bootleg - Steve on Sep 21, 2011

  4. It’s unfortunate that being so close-minded makes people miss out on some great music. Whiskeytown are great.

    By Bob on Sep 21, 2011

  5. I’m not close minded I like what I like and I do thank Big - O for posting all types of music here even if I don’t like some of it. The SH_T Kickin’ thing was just my thoughts, It’s nice to be able to express one’s thoughts.

    By Bootleg - Steve on Sep 22, 2011

  6. bob, couldn`t agree more , if you eat steak everyday you miss out on peanut butter and banana sandwiches right ?

    By sluggo on Sep 22, 2011

  7. Update Sept 22: Whiskeytown’s Chris Riser writes in.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 22, 2011

  8. Any chance the Trailer Bride set was recorded? Whatever one’s opinions of the genre, TB fused it with a Velvet Underground kind of vibe that I thought was pretty cool.

    By kingpossum on May 2, 2015

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