George Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, California.
George Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, California. Contributed

Never weary of Bingham’s music and his crazy heart

RYAN Bingham became a global sensation in 2010 with The Weary Kind, the ballad from the 2009 film Crazy Heart that won him an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy.

The country song, written by Bingham and T. Bone Burnett√ for the film, is performed in the film by Colin Farrell and Jeff Bridges. Bingham and his Dead Horses serve as Bridges’ backing band in the film.

Crazy Heart was directed by Scott Cooper starring Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal√.

So what do you do after such success on your third album? You keep on creating new music, of course, but far away from the buzz of the music industry.

The 2015 album Fear and Saturday Night was written by Bingham in the most solitary place he could think of.

He lived for several weeks in a trailer in the mountains of California, writing songs for his latest album, Fear and Saturday Night.

“I tend to try to find solitude to write songs and reflect on places that I’ve been travelled to and people that I’ve met along the way,” he said.

“I go somewhere where’s quiet and there is not a lot of distraction.

“I tend to have a short attention span sometimes and it’s nice to get away from ringing phones, the internet and find somewhere quiet when you can really think,” he said.

Mr Bingham likes the idea of doing the same one day in Australia.

“Maybe one day,” he said.

Ryan Bingham said the Byron Bay show will be an acoustic show featuring his latest songs.

“We are going to be travelling with a three-piece acoustic band, so we will be having an acoustic guitar, fiddle and mandolin, playing stripped down acoustic versions of the songs,” he said.

“I know we haven’t been there very often and I’m not sure what songs are Australians are familiar with so I will play songs from the new album and the older ones. We are going to keep things loose.”

At the Byron Theatre tomorrow Friday from 7.30pm.



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