Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses – Junky Star

January 01, 1970



(Lost Highway)



Maintaining the momentum spurred by the back-to back Golden
Globe and Emmy Award wins for “The Weary Kind” (his contribution to the
soundtrack for the film #Crazy Heart#),
Ryan Bingham wastes no time in returning to the spotlight. Being a hard-luck
troubadour-he left home at an early age, lived out of his car, and gained life
lessons working on the rodeo circuit-success hasn’t diminished his world-weary
perspective. Bingham’s edgy, insurgent attitude remains unchanged, with his
raspy, husky vocal conveying both resilience and remorse.


That staunch determination is rooted in his unapologetic
delivery; the telling “Depression,” the scrappy “The Wandering” and an ominous
but assertive “Strange Feelin'” reflect a confidence gleaned from experience
and circumstance. Bingham’s meditative rumblings often appropriate a Dylan-esque
demeanor, especially evident in the richly atmospheric “The Poet” and even more
obviously in the righteous indignation of “Direction of the Wind.” Regardless,
given his singular perspective and unflinching stance, it’s clear that stardom –
junky or otherwise -is already assured.


Poet,” “Depression” LEE ZIMMERMAN




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