by: Thomas D. Mooney
On this week’s episode, we sit down with American singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham. Bingham has easily been one of this past decade’s driving forces in Americana and country music. Beginning with Mescalito, his proper debut, he’s always set out to discover new territory in both his writing and in the musical landscape in which those lyrics live in. Time and again, he’s explored various interests–the honky-tonk meets Rolling Stones roadhouse of Roadhouse Sun, the Depression-era storyteller and balladeer of Junky Star, the garage rock and social commentator of Tomorrowland, or most recently, the maturation of an evolving artist who’s still holding on to his deep roots on Fear & Saturday Night–Bingham’s never settled for mediocrity. We caught up with Bingham this past Thursday afternoon down in Midland, Texas before a show to discuss his early roots in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas, his relationship and admiration for the likes of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, & Terry Allen, being on extended cross-country tours, and working with producers like T-Bone Burnett, Mark Ford, Jim Stanley, and Jim Scott.