Yesterday's News

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"Yesterday's News"
Single by Whiskeytown
from the album Strangers Almanac
A-side "Yesterday's News" (Radio Version)
B-side "Yesterday's News" (LP Version)
Released 1998
Format CD Single
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative country
Label Outpost Recordings
Songwriter(s) Ryan Adams/Phil Wandscher
Producer(s) Jim Scott
Whiskeytown singles chronology
"'"16 Days"'"
"Yesterday's News"
"'Car Songs'"

"16 Days"
Yesterday's News
Car Songs

"Yesterday's News" is a song by alternative country band Whiskeytown, co-written by Ryan Adams and Phil Wandscher. It first appeared on Whiskeytown's Strangers Almanac album, and was released in 1998 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] Ryan Adams calls this "the definitive version. It sounds younger and freer than the one on Strangers Almanac, a little bit faster and louder. That was our Big Star phase. I played through a Vox amp at [producer] Chris Stamey’s request. Phil put a space-echo on the solo, and he talks underneath me in the choruses. The singing is better on the original... I had just written the song when we recorded it with Chris [Stamey] for the Baseball Park Sessions. The person it was about was still fresh in my mind."[3]

The lyrics of the song mention "The Comet", i.e., The Comet Lounge, a favorite Raleigh, NC, hangout for the band. The bar has since closed.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Yesterday's News (Radio Version)"Adams/Wandscher3:05
2."Yesterday's News (LP Version)"Adams/Wandscher2:49

Personnel & 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


  1. ^ "Yesterday's News (Single)". Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ Faithless Street (Media notes). Whiskeytown. Los Angeles, CA: Outpost Recordings. 1998. OPRD-30002. 
  3. ^ "Yesterday's News". Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. ^ Cornell, Rick (2008-03-12). "Burned-out Comet: Music Feature: Independent Weekly". Independent Weekly. Retrieved 2011-01-09.