If Ryan Adams ever has a piece of paper in his immediate vicinity, chances are he’ll either be dashing off another set of lyrics or drawing something — he’s always been an obsessive doodler. And while he isn’t anywhere near his old bandmate Brian Walsby’s league as a cartoonist, Ryan definitely has a distinctive style of his own. Here are some doodles from a long-ago period covered in Chapter 10 of “Losering,” a few drawings that Ryan left behind in the studio where Whiskeytown was recording around Christmas 1997. This was a few months before the band played “Austin City Limits,” the sessions that yielded Forever Valentine (still unreleased all these years later).
Note the caricature sketches of everyone in the band, as well as producer Chris Stamey (who played bass on these recordings). I like that he did multiple versions of himself, as a “witch” and with devil’s horns and Jagger-esque lips; and also that he portrayed Caitlin with an angel’s halo.