Whiskeytown’s dollars and cents — but really just cents

By some accounts, Whiskeytown alumnus Ryan Adams has done well enough in the music business to amass a sizable fortune. But just in case you’re under the impression that playing in a rock band is a path to riches for everyone, check out the Facebook post that Whiskeytown drummer Skillet Gilmore put up yesterday, concerning his latest earnings for “Midway Park” (one of Whiskeytown’s best songs, and kickoff track to the 1996 full-length debut Faithless Street):

MidwayPark$

This is, alas, a common experience for musicians who have discovered that the internet has not exactly leveled the playing field financially (and I’m here to tell ya that the world of online music has some distressing similarities to what happens with books). But since Gilmore is married to another former Whiskeytown member, I couldn’t resist pointing out that at least he gets an extra share of last quarter’s “Midway Park” loot. Skillet being Skillet, his reply was, of course, priceless:

MidwayPark$Response

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Whiskeytown’s dollars and cents — but really just cents

  1. How is Ryan worth that much? He’s never had a “hit” record…

  2. dmenconi

    A fine question; alas, celebritynetworth.com doesn’t disclose their methodology. And as I said in this post at http://loseringbook.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/ryan-adams-by-the-numbers-money-money-money-in-the-bank/, I think $24 million could be a pretty big overstatement. That said, I think he’s doing okay.

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