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Ryan Adams is an American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter, from Jacksonville, North Carolina. Initially a founding member of the group Whiskeytown, Adams left the band and started his solo career with his first solo album "Heartbreaker" in 2000. He has released six additional solo albums and five albums with the backing band,The Cardinals.
In 2009, Adams married actress Mandy Moore, left The Cardinals and announced that he was taking a hiatus from performing.
Adams resumed performing in October 2010 and released his thirteenth studio album, "Ashes & Fire", on October 11, 2011.