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Free at Noon Flashback: Ryan Bingham is a standout in his genre

Ryan Bingham | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Ryan Bingham sings the blues — on his own terms. Raised in New Mexico and Texas, Western influences run in the songwriter’s blood, and he’s channeled them into everything from his role on the TV show Yellowstone and his Grammy and Oscar wins for the Crazy Heart soundtrack, to his curated music festival outside of Austin and his six albums of grooving Americana tunes.

Bingham played sold-out Free at Noon set today, following the release of his latest record American Love Song earlier this year. His unique sound makes him a standout in his genre — with timeless, traditional elements like gospel backup singers and fiddle solos, Bingham’s brand of country is more authentic than anything you’re likely to hear on country radio. Backed by a rock band and making full use of the venue’s disco ball, he knows how to turn a show into a party, too. Continue reading →

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Listen to Ryan Bingham’s set at the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, watch “Radio”

Ryan Bingham | Photo by John Vettese
Ryan Bingham | Photo by John Vettese

Ryan Bingham is one of the rare singers whose can make his voice approximate Dylan – that’s new Dylan, not classic Dylan – and completely pull it off. If that sounds like an insult, it’s not: Bingham has a compelling, rough-round-the-edges delivery of classic country melodies, bolstered by his ace live band.

At the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, the Los Angeles-based Bingham showcased a selection of songs from his acclaimed 2015 record Fear and Saturday Night, released in January on his own Axster Bingham Records. Continue reading →

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SXSW Dispatch: Public Radio Rocks showcase with Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett, Gang of Four and more

Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese
Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese

We’ve parked ourselves at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center, the site of the fourth annual Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, curated in collaboration with WFUV in New York, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philly. On the bill for today are Twin Shadow, Ryan Bingham, Best Coast, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Gang of Four and Courtney Barnett.

The show is streaming live until 7 p.m. EST, and you can listen to the performances here. Over the next several days, we’ll bring you video and full-set audio recaps of each artist’s set. For now, peruse the gallery below for an overview of the show; keep checking back, since we’ll be updating it as the day goes on. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Radio” by Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham | Photo by Anna Axster
Ryan Bingham | Photo by Anna Axster

Alt-country singer, songwriter and guitarist Ryan Bingham is releasing a new album on January 20th, Fear And Saturday Night.

Bingham’s fifth album is being released on his own Axster Bingham Records, and was produced by Jim Scott. The legendary producer and engineer has an impressive resume, with work he’s done on records by The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Kathleen Edwards, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Fogerty, Citizen Cope and many more. The band on Fear And Saturday Night includes featuring Shawn Davis (Beck, Juanes) on bass, lead guitarist Daniel Sproul and drummer Nate Barnes, both from the band Rose Hill Drive. Continue reading →

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Recap: Ryan Bingham warmed up for Union Transfer with a Free at Noon set (photos, audio, setlist)

Before they play Union Transfer tonight, Ryan Bingham and his band warmed up with a rousing Free at Noon set today. Check out a photo recap of the performance in the gallery above, see the setlist below and listen to their set in it entirety here (via the WXPN media player). More information and tickets for tonight’s Union Transfer show can be found here. Continue reading →