Report: Ryan Bingham @ the Grammy Museum

 

 

Last night (Sept. 1)
at the Grammy Museum
in L.A., the acclaimed
up-and-coming singer-songwriter talked and twanged about his career to date.

 

By Jose Martinez

 

Celebrating the release of Junky Star, the third full length disc on Lost Highway for
Oscar-winning singer/songwriter Ryan
Bingham
, the affable musician delighted a audience of 200 fans, including
actor Bill Pullman, at the Grammy Museum with a discussion about his career and life after “The Weary Kind” before
playing an energetic six-song set.

 

Best known for penning and singing “The Weary Kind,” the
hauntingly beautiful theme song for the acclaimed film Crazy Heart, Bingham admits there were quite a few “people tugging
at [his] sleeve” after winning both the Golden Globe and Academy Award, forcing
him to deal with “months of smoke and mirrors” but his latest effort, Junky Star, recorded in only three days
with producer T Bone Burnett, continues to showcase the stellar abilities of an
honest artist.

 

“When there are a lot of people around saying, ‘look, you
have to capitalize on this and do something really commercial,’ you might think
about it for a second, but at the end of the day, there’s not a chance in hell
I could do that,” the now LA-based singer points out. “It made me sick to my
stomach just thinking about it. I couldn’t get up in front of people and play a
bunch of stuff that didn’t mean anything to me.”

 

Originally from New Mexico and raised all across the
Southwest, the former professional bull rider, who admits to being involved
with junior rodeos like kids playing little league baseball, joked he keeps his
Oscar in his bathroom, noting, “It’s the only room with a shelf.”

 

With his gritty, whiskey-soaked vocals, Bingham recounts
dark tales on Junky Star. Talking
about life on the wrong side of the tracks, familiar territory for the former
homeless singer, Bingham sings powerful and gripping songs with a voice
reminiscent of Mellencamp and Waits.

 

With his band, The Dead Horses, at his side, the tight
four-piece tore through half a dozen news songs from Junky Star: “The Poet,” “Strange Feelin’ In The Air,” “Junky Star,”
“Depression,” “Hallelujah” and “Direction of the Wind.”

 

Bingham’s Junky Star is
available now, just in time as the band hits the road opening for country
legend Willie Nelson before mounting a headlining tour including a December 5
stop at Santa Monica’s
Bergamot Station benefiting Stand Up
For Kids
.

 

 

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