After the dissolution of alt-country kings Whiskeytown, frontman Ryan Adams' solo career received the bulk of critical attention. Nevertheless, vocalist/fiddle player Caitlin Cary was waiting in the wings with her own impressive batch of music. Cary released a solo EP, Waltzie (Yep Roc), in 2000. The release was a stripped-down, folky affair and included a stirring take on Richard Thompson's "Withered and Died." Her debut full-length, the more fully realized While You Weren't Looking (Yep Roc), came out in March of 2002, boasting a wider sonic pallet and a host of rock, pop, and country influences. Jangle pop legend Chris Stamey produced the effort and Whiskeytown alumni Mike Daly and Skillet Gilmore (who happened to be Cary's husband) helped out. Also on hand were Mitch Easter, Superchunk's Jon Wurster, and Jen Gunderman (the Jayhawks), among others. Three tracks were co-written by Ryan Adams, who also did a vocal turn on the four-song bonus disc. Most of the crew from While You Weren't Looking returned for Cary's equaly splendid second album, I'm Staying Out, which also featured contributions from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Don Dixon. She released Begonias, a collaboration with Thad Cockrell issued by Yep Roc, in the summer of 2005.