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Get ‘crazy’ at the CBC with award-winning Ryan Bingham

Staff report

Courtesy www.binghammusic.com

If you go

Who: Ryan Bingham, w/ special guests The Wild Feathers

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12

Where: Crystal Bay Club Crown Room

Cover: $20 advance, $23 day of show (booth seats are $40)

After party: David Jacobs Strain, free in the Red Room

Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars — oh my.

Americana singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham will bring his award-winning talent to North Tahoe for a special evening show next week in the Crystal Bay Club’s Crown Room. The Wild Feathers join Bingham as a special guest, while David Jacobs Strain plays a free after party in the Red Room.

According to published reports, Bingham collaborated with Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the 2009 film “Crazy Heart,” starring Jeff Bridges in an Academy Award-winning acting performance — notably co-penning and performing the film’s award-winning theme song “The Weary Kind,” which won an Oscar and Golden Globe Award, as well as a Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Song” in 2010.

Bingham also won a Grammy for “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media” in 2011. Further, the Americana Music Association honored Bingham as its 2010 Artist of the Year.

According to his biography on MTV.com, Bingham, who was raised in rural Texas, shuttled back and forth between Southwestern border towns and relatives’ homes, often sleeping in his truck after rodeo shows. It was during those treks that he began entertaining friends with the guitar, an instrument he’d learned at the age of 17 from a mariachi neighbor.

Drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan, Marshall Tucker, and Bob Wills, Bingham fashioned a road-weary sound that piqued the interest of a barroom proprietor in Stephenville, Texas, according to MTV. Bingham was offered a weekly residency at the bar; soon after, he began issuing self-released albums like Lost Bound Rails and Wishbone Saloon.

The material was brought to the attention of Nashville heavyweights Lost Highway Records, who signed Bingham and issued his major-label debut, “Mescalito” (featuring production by Marc Ford, former guitarist for the Black Crowes), in October 2007. After supporting the album with ample tour dates, the songwriter reprised his relationship with Marc Ford, who produced 2009’s Roadhouse Sun.

Bingham and his band, the Dead Horses, followed the “Crazy Heart” success with the album “Junky Star” in September of 2010, produced by Burnett, according to MTV. Bingham left Lost Highway after three albums and released 2012’s Tomorrowland, recorded in Malibu, Calif., and co-produced by Bingham and Justin Stanley, on Bingham’s own newly created Axster Bingham Records imprint.


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