Alright. This week I’m gonna introduce you to this hidden gem of an artist. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this artist and track on a previous post, but it’s just that good. His name is Ryan Bingham and he has the voice of a rugged angel. Quite literally, he is the epitome of roots rock americana music. If you’ve ever seen the film Crazy Heart (2010), starring Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell, you have heard of him. You know that song at the end that Farrell’s character performs before the credits? That’s Bingham’s “The Weary Kind.” I can’t begin to explain how much I love this song. His voice is perfect. A YouTube user said it best:
His voice is soft rust slowly flaking away on a once beautiful, shiny classic truck. That’s the best way I can describe his voice and his sound and subtle grace. A dusty throat whispering our small town secret American fears and courage.
The track earned Bingham an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Song” in 2010, as well as a Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media” in 2011. The Americana Music Association also honored Bingham with the organization’s top award in 2010 as “Artist of the Year”.