Country Music

Ryan Bingham: "It's Tough to Be That Vulnerable All the Time"

Talking to Ryan Bingham, you get the impression he's just as soon not carry around the official title "Academy Award Winner Ryan Bingham" the rest of his life. One clue is where he keeps the Best Original Song Oscar he and T-Bone Burnett won in 2010 for "The Weary Kind," but we'll get to that a little later.

Written and sung by Bingham, produced and arranged by Burnett, "Weary" summarizes both Jeff Bridges' Oscar-winning role of not-quite-washed-up honky-tonk singer Bad Blake and the (partially Houston-set) film Crazy Heart itself

Raised mostly in West Texas and still only a tender 31 years old, Bingham is already former bull rider, ranch hand and a veteran of rootsy Austin venues where grit and Red Dirt collide like Momo's, the Saxon Pub and the Continental Club. His weatherbeaten, black-and-white country-rock won a deal with Lost Highway, which released the albums Mescalito (2007) and Roadhouse Son (2009).

Then he and Burnett crossed paths, and in the wake of "The Weary Kind," Bingham moved to L.A. but hasn't gone Hollywood.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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