- Ryan Bingham
George Ryan Bingham (born March 31, 1981) is an American
alt-country[ [http://www.clevescene.com/2007-11-28/music/ryan-bingham/ Cleveland - Music - Ryan Bingham ] ] singer from Hobbs, New Mexico. He has an older sister, Maren Bingham. Lone Star Musicfinanced his first album "Dead Horses" in 2006. After its success, Bingham was signed to Lost Highway Records. He then made his major label debut with "Mescalito" on October 2, 2007, which was produced by former Black Crowesguitarist Marc Ford. The album received mainly positive reviews. While some critics have claimed Bingham's songwriting is clichéd [ [http://www.clevescene.com/2007-11-28/music/ryan-bingham/ Cleveland - Music - Ryan Bingham ] ] , others laud his talents. "Texas Music Magazine" has opined that "Bingham talks and sings with a whiskey-and-cigarette throat that screams hard living. Hard in a way that can make a 25-year-old sound like a 50-year-old Tom Waits." [ [http://www.binghammusic.com Ryan Bingham's website, quoting the magazine article] ]
Bingham's songwriting depths are not mere fabrications. His creative expressions are likely derived partially from a knockabout life on the bull-riding rodeo circuit for several years (he began bullriding in his late teens). [ [http://www.popmatters.com/pm/news/article/58968/no-bull-ryan-bingham-trades-in-rodeos-for-nightclubs/ Pop Matters website interview with Ryan Bingham] ] A life of semi-permanence was already the norm to a young man who grew up in a fractured family that moved around often, from Hobbs, NM to Spring, TX and Stephenville, TX and a multitude of other dusty small towns in the southwest [ [http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,3028,GAC_26071_5781672_,00.html Artists : Artists A to Z : Ryan Bingham Biography : Great American Country ] ]
Bingham has appeared as a guest on
Bob Harris's Country Show on the BBC's Radio 2. Daryl Easlea, writing for the BBC's folk and country review, said "Bingham will be one of the names to drop in 2008, with an album that sounds as if it's been unearthed from 1972." [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/jg54/ BBC - Folk and Country Review - Ryan Bingham, Mescalito ] ] Rolling Stonemagazine gave Mescalito three out of five stars and wrote that Bingham "earns his sepia-toned album cover with a dusty wood-and-steel sound, and despite being twenty-five, sings like Steve Earle's dad." [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/16496481/review/18057124/mescalito?rating=11 Mescalito : Ryan Bingham : Review : Rolling Stone ] ]
Bingham and fellow band mates Matthew Smith (drums), Corby Schaub (guitar and mandolin) and Elijah Ford (bass) are currently touring the United States and Europe in support of the "Mescalito" album. They appeared with the
Drive-by Truckersin October 2007.
The first single from "Mescalito," entitled "Southside of Heaven," was released on November 30, 2007. The next single was entitled "Bread and Water."
On April 11th Bingham performed on the
Tonight Showwith Jay Leno. He then appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brienon May 23rd, 2008.
* [http://www.binghammusic.com Bingham's official website]
* [http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-ca-bingham30mar30,1,7043683.story "Los Angeles Times" article on Bingham]
* [http://www.myspace.com/fdsoundinc 5 songs of Ryan and Stephane Beaussart in January 2008 in Paris]
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