Ryan Adams is one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation. As a member of the alternative country band Whiskeytown, he made country music cool for young adults who would not otherwise enjoy country. With his second solo album, 2001's Gold, Adams attained mainstream notoriety, spurred by the juggernaut single "New York, New York." The song's release coincided with the 9/11 attacks, and it seemed to capture how the whole country felt about New York City at that time. Since then, Adams has been determined to go forward in his career on his own terms. He releases multiple albums a year without much fanfare, and they sell very well despite their minimal promotion. In fact, he occasionally butts heads with his label because he insists upon releasing more music than his contract dictates. Ryan Adams tickets are also hot items. He is known for being a somewhat volatile performer, but that only adds to his charm and rock and roll cowboy persona.