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Caitlin Cary on Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown reunion possibilities

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Just got off the phone with the lovely and talented Caitlin Cary, who got her start fiddling and singing with alt-country provocateur Ryan Adams in the North Carolina-based band Whiskeytown. Since the release of the group’s final record “Pneumonia” back in 2001, she’s been a busy girl with various other projects — a solo career, which included two stellar releases; Tres Chicas, which still performs occasionally; partnering with Thad Cockrell for the phenomenal duets record “Begonias”; and now the band The Small Ponds (with Matt Douglas of The Proclivities), which stops in East Tennessee on Saturday, March 12, for a show at Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon, 100 N. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City.

Our interview about The Small Ponds will hit the ol’ Interwebs on Thursday, but while I had her on the phone, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask her about her old friend and those persistent rumors of a possible Whiskeytown reunion. Fortunately for me, she’s as gracious as she is talented and didn’t hang up the phone or tell me to get bent.

She acknowledged the ever-present talk of Whiskeytown reuniting (even joking that if she had a kid to put through college, it would definitely be more than just talk) and said she and Adams still talk from time to time.

“He called me from Paris not long ago,” she said. “His life seems so different than (a) anything I ever imagined about him — being married to a starlet (actress Mandy Moore) and vacationing in Paris — and (b) how I remember him, as this bumpkin who was a little crazy. But I’m really happy for him, and he seems happy. I don’t keep up with what he’s doing musically like I probably should, but it sounds like he’s in a place where he can afford to be, like he feels like he’s accomplished enough already that he feels like he can relax and do whatever he wants, whether it’s painting or poetry or music or whatever.

“He seems much more peaceful than any time I’ve ever known him, so I’m really happy for him.”

Like most old friends, they usually end their conversations pledging to see one another soon, to collaborate in the future and to reignite that musical fire that bonded them back when alternative country was in its early heyday. And while nothing is set in stone as far as Whiskeytown getting back together, it’s not a far-fetched notion, she added.

“I imagine that’ll happen eventually,” she said.

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March 7th, 2011 at 11:47 am