Ryan Bingham © KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Ryan Bingham

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With a writing style that “echoes the working-man sympathy anthems of Woody Guthrie combined with the folky nature of Bob Dylan and a voice that mirrors Bruce Springsteen’s” (Aquarian Weekly), Ryan Bingham is quickly etching out a spot for himself among the legendary Texas songwriters.

Born in Hobbs, New Mexico, and raised in rural Texas towns like Spring and Stephenville, Bingham made his living as a bullrider on the Texas rodeo circuit. He entertained his rodeo buddies with songs while selling his self-produced CDs at small clubs and rodeos along the way. His songwriting and voice soon got him noticed by idol and mentor Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Guy Clark and other Texas legends.

Despite his age (Bingham is 26-years-old), he fit in well with that group. Both his songwriting and voice have an uncommon maturity – as  Rolling Stone put it, Bingham “sings like Steve Earle’s dad.”

“With his uncanny ability for creating visual narratives that really stick with listeners, Bingham proves to be more than worthy of following in the footsteps of the many great Texas songwriters that have come before him,” wrote Music Monthly Magazine.

His major label debut, 2007′s Mescalito, “bears the hardscrabble marking of someone accustomed to the tough life. It veers from campfire balladry to ragged roots rock that bristles with roadhouse energy,” wrote No Depression. American Songwriter said the songs on the CD are “a series of torn pages, broken people and those just holding their breath hoping to get out alive. Compelling listening to the highest sense.”

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