Award-Winning Texas Singer/Songwriter's Sixth Studio Album On Double LP!
Features The Song "Wolves"!
Award-winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham's highly anticipated sixth
studio album finds Bingham honing his creativity on two distinct levels, the
personal and the cultural. The record is co-produced with Charlie Sexton, the
superb Austin guitarist who has played for years in Bob Dylan's touring band.
American Love Song was recorded at Arlyn Studios and Public Hi-Fi in Austin with
additional recording at Matter Music/Stella Sound in Los Angeles.
From the beginning of his recording career, with Mescalito, Bingham has defied
easy classification. As a rising country star, he ranged from Woody
Guthrie-style folk songs and Spanish-language balladry to gritty hard rock. It's
all American music; fittingly, he was honored as the Americana Music
Association's 2010 Artist of the Year. He's enjoyed thrilling highs and suffered
debilitating lows, sometimes all at once. While his career was taking off – he
won both an Oscar and a Grammy for "The Weary Kind", the theme song he wrote for
the film Crazy Heart – he was coping with the tragic deaths of his mother, an
alcoholic, and his father, who took his own life. The losses put Bingham in a
dark tunnel, and it took a while to crawl his way out. With the help of his
wife, Anna Axster, and some inner soul-searching, Bingham has come back into the
light. American Love Song, the third studio album from the Axster-Bingham indie
label (after 2012's Tomorrowland and 2015's Fear and Saturday Night), takes all
his influences – both musical and experiential – and unites them in Ryan
Bingham's best, most fully realized record to date.
From the opening track – the spry "Jingle and Go", which recounts his early
years as an itinerant open-mic performer working, like the great Texas bluesmen
before him, for tips – to the closer, "Blues Lady", a tribute to Janis Joplin,
Aretha Franklin, Bingham's own late mother, and all the other strong women this
country has produced, the album combines autobiographical reflection with a
bittersweet celebration of our collective spirit in the face of enduring
difficulties. Bingham's growing concerns about where we're at as a people come
to a head on "America", the album's somber, instantly memorable signature song.
Is there still an American dream, he asks, his voice rising to a poignant pitch.
These 15 new songs from one of American music's most distinct voices answer that
simple question with a resounding "Yes!"
1. Jingle And Go
2. Nothin' Holds Me Down
4. Lover Girl Side B:
1. Beautiful And Kind
2. Situation Station
3. Got Damn Blues
4. Time For My Mind Side C:
1. What Would I've Become
3. Blue Side D:
1. Hot House
4. Blues Lady