16 Days (song)

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"16 Days"
Single by Whiskeytown
from the album Strangers Almanac
B-side "The Rain Won't Help You When It's Over"
"Wither, I'm a Flower"
Released 1997
Format CD Single
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative country
Label Outpost Recordings
Songwriter(s) Ryan Adams
Producer(s) Jim Scott
Whiskeytown singles chronology
"16 Days"
(1997)
"Yesterday's News"
(1998)

"16 Days"
(1997)
"Yesterday's News"
(1998)

"16 Days" is a song by alternative country band Whiskeytown and written by Ryan Adams. It first appeared on Whiskeytown's Strangers Almanac album in 1997, and was released that same year as a CD single.[1] An earlier version of the song – recorded during the band's "Baseball Park" sessions – was released on the 1998 reissue of the band's first album Faithless Street.[2] And an alternate, acoustic version of the song – also recorded during the "Baseball Park" sessions – was released on the 2008 deluxe edition of Strangers Almanac.[3][4]

According to Ryan Adams, the song was released as a single and was getting significant radio airplay until, in a fit of anger, he dared a powerful West Coast radio programmer to take the song off the air. The programmer obliged, and the song soon disappeared from radio playlists.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by The Clarks on their album Songs in G.

The song has also been covered by Wade Bowen as a hidden track on his "Blue Light Live" album

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."16 Days"Ryan Adams3:55
2."The Rain Won't Help You When It's Over"Alejandro Escovedo4:40
3."Wither, I'm A Flower"Ryan Adams4:53

Personnel and production credits[edit]

  • Ryan Adams — acoustic & electric guitars, singing, banjo, piano, percussion
  • Phil Wandscher — electric guitar, singing, organ, percussion
  • Caitlin Cary — violin, singing
  • Steven Terry — drums, singing, percussion
  • Jeff Rice — bass guitar
  • Produced, engineered, and mixed by Jim Scott

References[edit]

  1. ^ "16 Days (Single)". AnsweringBell.com. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ Faithless Street (Media notes). Whiskeytown. Los Angeles, CA: Outpost Recordings. 1998. OPRD-30002. 
  3. ^ Strangers Almanac Deluxe Edition (Media notes). Whiskeytown. Santa Monica, CA: Geffen. 2008. B0009410-02. 
  4. ^ Skiing – Jan 1998 Vol. 50, No. 5 "Like Whiskeytown. Their Stranger's Almanac (Outpost) recycles pop hooks worthy of Jackson Browne, but with a country twang. Lap and pedal steels, banjos, and violins conspire on open-road raves like "Turn Around" and "Sixteen Days.""
  5. ^ Stewart, Allison (2000). "Music: Whiskeytown Tales (The Boston Phoenix. 09-11-00)". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-07.