I don't care if this has been done before.
We're going through Ryan's discography, one by one, and discussing the fuck out of it. This will also be the perfect opportunity for those unlucky ones without all the bootlegs, since I have pretty much everything and will be uploading it in due time.
We'll start with Whiskeytown, at the logical starting point -- We'll get to pre-WT demos later:
Whiskeytown: Rural Free Delivery (1997, rec. 1994)
1. Take Your Guns to Town
2. Nervous Breakdown
3. Tennessee Square
4. Captain Smith
5. Macon, Georgia County Line
6. Pawn Shop Ain’t No Place For a Wedding Ring
8. Angels are messengers from God (Faithless Street)
Yes, yes, this was released AFTER Faithless Street, but recorded before, so it goes first.
A solid EP, with an unfortunate Phil song (Captain Smith), an unfortunate Ryan song (Macon Georgia County Line), very different versions of future classics (Faithless Street, Tennessee Square), and some just damn great songs. This was right at the beginning of WT, so the country flavour has a bit of novelty to it. Check out the ultra-clichés of Take Your Guns To Town and Pawn Shop Ain't No Place For A Wedding Ring (both prime Early Adams, aching harmonies on the latter especially); and the redneck take on Nervous Breakdown is greatness.
EDIT: updated with link.
We'll see about the pace of this, how it goes, and if it doesn't tank completely, a new album every other day or so.