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Members of Whiskeytown savoring music business

For the members of Whiskeytown, playing "Austin City Limits" was a humbling and jamming experience.

"It was frightening," lap-steel guitarist Mike Daly said during a phone call from Eugene, Ore. "We were all sitting backstage telling each other `This ain't a joke anymore.' "Guitarist/vocalist Ryan Adams said the gig was nothing short of euphoria.

"We stepped off the elevator and saw these huge photos of Bill Monroe and Emmylou Harris," Adams said. "Then we had to run through the set to time it and set lights. All the time we were going, `Man, I never thought I'd get here.' "

Whiskeytown - featuring Adams, Daly, guitarist Ed Crawford, violinist Caitlin Cary, drummer Skillet Gilmore and bassist Jenni Snyder - will make a stop at the Zephyr Club, 301 S. West Temple, Thursday, Feb. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Daly and Adams spoke to the Deseret News about Whiskeytown's ideals and challenges from the early days in Jacksonville, N.C.

"There are all sorts of challenges that we've faced," Adams said. "We had to learn to starve, learn to drink instead of starve, learn to stink and learn to deal with lost girlfriends and boyfriends.

"But we're all pretty obsessive when it comes to the music, so we just take things as they come and grab us by the collar," Adams said.

"The next step for us is to keep touring and do a record whenever we can," said Daly.

Whiskeytown's most recent album is "Strangers Almanac," which was released last year. The singles include "16 Days" and "Yesterday's News."

"We get to play music every day," said Adams. "And we get to see the country and get our minds altered for free. But we still want to keep working at this. I'd like to do eight more albums and have a double album out someday."