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Rock - Released January 1, 2007 | Lost Highway Records

Loneliness runs rampant in Texas, where arid flatlands and empty highways converge to influence some of country music's best songwriting. Newcomer Ryan Bingham is happy to use such geography as his muse, and he makes his major-label debut with Mescalito, a bilingual collection of Americana that often delves into roadhouse country-rock. To those familiar with the genre, Bingham's lyrics are somewhat predictable accounts of hard times, rivers' edges, and fieldwork, all sung in a wizened rasp whose sandpapered texture is impressive coming from a 25-year-old. Years of sleeping outside rodeo arenas in a truck bed have done a number on Bingham's throat, and when he croaks lyrics like, "I've been working in the goddamn sun for just one dollar a day," it's all too tempting to believe him. When he's singing about marijuana plants or casually slipping into Spanish during a Mexican ballad, Bingham truly distinguishes himself from his country contemporaries, playing the rugged outlaw to Nashville's smooth Rascal Flatts. Where he falters is the album's homogeneity, however, as too many tracks adopt a midtempo pace whose haunting effect wears thin. One can't help but wish for more country-rock grit, but Mescalito still bodes well for his future work. © Andrew Leahey /TiVo
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Folk/Americana - Released February 15, 2019 | Axster Bingham Records

Since his 2007 album Mescalito, Ryan Bingham has carved out an image of himself as an endearing Americana troubadour. A songwriter who mixes the influences of Steve Earle, Southern rock and Outlaw cowboys, not to mention, in no particular order, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, the Stones and Jerry Jeff Walker... In 2009, winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe for The Weary Kind (his song for the film Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges), he turned even more heads with his pretty New Mexico cowboy face. But he never abused these assets to reach a wide audience nor did he change his neo-country style. He’s not that kind of guy… Then things took a turn. Alcohol got the better of his mother and his father committed suicide. With the help of his girlfriend and his hardcore fans, Bingham has gradually resurfaced.The songs on American Love Song are rather excellent and he keeps a stiff upper lip throughout this sixth studio album. Co-produced by the great Charlie Sexton (Dylan's guitarist on even days, a hard-core made in Austin rocker on odd days), American Love Song has the warmth of a seventies country rock record without ever sounding outdated. A few blues or soul scents envelop an efficient and fairly classic production that gives pride of place to guitars. Throughout the ballads and the more up-tempo songs, Bingham speaks sincerely of himself, of those who hang around the emergency stop tape and, for over one hour, he sketches a beautifully eclectic portrait of contemporary America which is as classy as its album cover. ©Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Released January 1, 2010 | Lost Highway Records

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Rock - Released January 1, 2009 | Lost Highway Records

At the age of 28, Ryan Bingham already sings like he's been howling at the moon in between shots of bourbon and sucking down filterless Chesterfields every night of his life, transplanting the voice of a hard-bitten middle-aged survivor into the body of a guy still young enough to be learning a few things about the world. This disconnect is felt more than once on Roadhouse Sun, Bingham's second major-label album. While Bingham's road-worn voice and tough melodies, which veer between twang-infused rock, rowdy roadhouse blues, and hardscrabble country, certainly sound like the real thing, and his band (Corby Schaub on guitar, Elijah Ford on bass, Matt Smith on drums) has both the chops and the attitude to make these tunes stand up and crow, on Roadhouse Sun Bingham often sounds like he's singing about the stuff he wishes he knew rather than what's really in his heart and mind. It's less a matter of experience than a question of stretching beyond his creative boundaries; between a seriously busted relationship with his family and years touring on the rodeo circuit, Bingham doubtless has plenty of stories to tell, but as much as he tries to emulate the scope and vision of Bob Dylan in a tune he has the nerve to call "Dylan's Hard Rain," he doesn't come especially close to reaching the mark of his stated influence, and the pseudo-psychedelic poesy of "Changes Is" sounds like pothead wisdom that doesn't sound so clever once the buzz wears off, no matter how hard the band rocks behind it. (And with the help of producer Marc Ford, they rock pretty damn hard when they feel it.) And while the common-man rage of "Hey Hey Hurray" is clearly honest and heartfelt, it's too wordy and scattershot to connect. When Bingham does hit the bulls-eye on tunes like "Wishing Well," "Endless Ways," and "Tell My Mother I Miss Her So," it's clear he's a talent to watch, but as a whole, this is an album whose pieces don't quite fall into place as they should. More than a few folks have compared Ryan Bingham to Bruce Springsteen, but Roadhouse Sun sounds like he's still making his Greetings from Asbury Park -- the kind of record whose clunkers are obvious enough to put a chink into the album's very real virtues. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Rock - Released September 18, 2012 | Axster Bingham Records

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Pop - Released January 20, 2015 | Axster Bingham Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 25, 2013 | Axster Bingham Records

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Folk/Americana - Released January 12, 2018 | Axster Bingham Records

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Pop - Released August 23, 2019 | Axster Bingham Records

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Folk/Americana - Released May 6, 2016 | Axster Bingham Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 22, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Blues - Released September 9, 2016 | Concord Records

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Folk/Americana - Released November 30, 2018 | Axster Bingham Records

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Folk/Americana - Released December 9, 2014 | Axster Bingham Records

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Folk/Americana - Released January 13, 2015 | Axster Bingham Records

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Folk/Americana - Released January 9, 2019 | Axster Bingham Records

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Folk/Americana - Released December 9, 2014 | Axster Bingham Records

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Rock - Released July 31, 2012 | Axster Bingham Records

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Folk/Americana - Released February 1, 2019 | Axster Bingham Records