Whiskeytown's 'Almanac' Bolstered For Reissue
On March 4, Mood Food/Outpost/Geffen/Ume will re-release Whiskeytown's "Strangers Almanac" as a double-disc deluxe edition. The newly expanded version will include previously unreleased Whiskeytown trOn March 4, Mood Food/Outpost/Geffen/Ume will re-release Whiskeytown's "Strangers Almanac" as a double-disc deluxe edition. The newly expanded version will include previously unreleased Whiskeytown tracks plus several classic covers.
The first disc includes the original album, produced by Jim Scott, plus five live public radio performances. Acoustic demo versions of "16 Days," "Avenues" and "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart" join seven previously unreleased Whiskeytown tracks, including "Kiss & Make-Up" and "10 Seconds."
The band also tackles Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," Gram Parsons' "Luxury Liner," Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" and the True Believers' "The Rain Won't Help You When It's Over."
Fronted by a then-22-year-old Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown originally released the set through Geffen-owned imprint Outpost in 1997. The group, which also included Caitlin Cary and Phil Wandscher, had already released "Faithless Street" independently in 1996.
The unit disbanded after the release of "Pneumonia" in 2001, with Adams heading full-time into a solo career he began the previous year with the album "Heartbreaker."
In related news, Adams will wrap a run of U.S. dates with shows tonight (Jan. 30) and tomorrow in Los Angeles. But on Feb. 23 at Toronto's Massey Hall, he will join the Cowboy Junkies for a complete performance of their acclaimed 1988 album, "The Trinity Sessions," which the latter band recently re-recorded.