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Tag Archives: Ryan Bingham
As the saying goes, there must be something in the water! There is something about the Texas music scene that defies typical musical conventions. This, of course, comes as no surprise to the millions of Texas music fans. The variety of music that hails from the great state is as expansive as the West Texas plains. While Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital” of the world, there are plenty of fertile musical breeding grounds in Texas.
Today, I will WOW you with some of the musical greatness that came from or had ties to Texas in 2010. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, it is just a few of the albums that I have had in heavy rotation over the course of the last year.
|Old 97’s||The Grand Theatre Vol. 1||Dallas band gets back to their roots and write good music without trying to be anything more than they are. After 17 years it is good to see them comfortable in their own skin.|
|Spoon||Transference||Not as much of gloss and a lot more rock is what make this album great. Not shying away from the darker textures, Spoon creates a less poppy album and the laxity of Transference is the strength of the album.|
|Reckless Kelly||Somewhere In Time||A fine album of cover songs to their one time mentor Pinto Bennett.|
|Roky Erickson & Okkervil River||True Love Cast Out All Evil||Concise production shapes the sorrow of the Austin icon Roky Erickson’s life and ultimately the optimism of his return.|
|Court Yard Hounds||Court Yard Hounds||2/3 of the Dixie Chicks show that sometimes less is more. Jakob Dylan adds his dusky dulcet tone for a quick duet.|
|Alejandro Escovedo||Street Songs of Love||The fierceness of the guitar and the bombastic instrumentation belie the emotional elements of the lyrics.|
|Arcade Fire||The Suburbs||Currently Canadian, Butler boys do hail from the sterile Houston suburb known as the Woodlands. This is a great album and also made my 2010 Year in review.|
|Ryan Bingham||Junky Star||Former rodeo star hits the big time with Golden Globe and Oscar win and a current Grammy Nomination for his work on the “Crazy Heart’ soundtrack. His 3rd album is no fluke either. His whisky and cigarette vocals are the perfect vehicle for his forlorn tales.|
|Randy Rogers Band||Burning the Day||One of the hardest working bands in the state. Over 200 dates over the past years. Still time to record and release their 5th album.|
|Norah Jones||…Featuring Norah Jones||The list of collaborators is what makes this album genius. You have the rap community represented with Talib Kweli Q Tip, and Outkast, the rock genre is fortified by Foo Fighters, and Ryan Adams is a genre chameleon so several are covered with his efforts. Also, Willie Nelson adds his own brand of greatness.|
|Walt Wilkins||Agave||A true Texas troubadour. No one does it better then Walt. The words of a poet delivered honey sweet with a calm, familiar feel. Need to see him live if you ever have the chance.|
|Tommy Alverson||Texas One More Time||With a twinkle in his eye, and a beer in his hand, Tommy makes music that makes you feel fine. When Tommy sings, it feels like a warm summer night and for that moment you are carefree. Highly recommend you see him live, you won’t regret it.|
|Six Market Boulevard||Running On Seven||I caught these boys live one Sunday afternoon at a local barbeque joint. Nice, strong debut album.|
|Mike Ryan||The First One||Great voice, laid back attitude, and interacts with his fans. Ballsy covers of Lenny Kravitz and Conway Twitty. Need to see him live to fully appreciate his brand of greatness.|
|Bruce Robison||From the Top||Amazing songwriting that has made many country artists famous. This album finds him paired with Rodney Crowell and it is an effort steeped in simplicity. When you write as well as Bruce, you don’t need to add a lot of fluff.|
Great music awaits!
Today’s installment of Tune in Tuesday features six random albums.
Whiskeytown is the springboard band for the genius of Ryan Adams. A short lived group that only released three, albeit stellar, albums Whiskeytown helped herald the Alt/country scene.
Pneumonia is a phenomenal album that can be listened to from start to finish.
Key tracks: Jacksonville Skyline, Sit & Listen to the Rain, Don’t Wanna Know Why
Until When We Are All Ghosts
William Fitzsimmons is the whispering hirsute folk singer that channels demons into lush, ethereal songs about love, loss, life, etc… His music is mostly guitar and vocals with the occasional piano. Soft, sparse, and not quite radio friendly) no poppy hooks or bombastic bass beats) his music is well worth checking out.
Key Tracks: Passion Play, Find It In Me, Forsake All Others
This is the last album by the late, great Warren Zevon and was released two weeks prior to his death. There is also a great documentary regarding the creation of this album and last days of Warren. Keep Me in Your Heart is the closing song and it is amazing as is the eerie cover of Dylan’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. There is a Who’s Who of rock and roll royalty that appear on this album: Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, T-Bone Burnett, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Walsh, John Waite, Timothy B Schmidt, and Ry Cooder.
Key Tracks: Keep Me In Your Heart, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Disorder in the House,
Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog
This is the early grunge version of a super group and was spawned by the death of Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone). Members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden collaborate in this tribute to friend and fellow musician. Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder have never sounded better than on Hunger Strike. Such a contrast in vocal styles but a rocking duet none the less.
Key Tracks: Hunger Strike, Wooden Jesus, Four Walled World, say Hello 2 Heaven
Us Against the Crown
This is the debut for the Boston based trio that is fronted by former Dispatch member Chad Urmston. State Radio is steeped in sociopolitical rhetoric and reggae vibrations. I’m a huge fan of the band and have seen them live several times. This is my favorite album that they have released.
Key Tracks: Camilo, Riddle In London Town, People To People, Mr. Larkin, Right Me Up
This is Bingham’s second album on Lost Highway and has not been hurt by his sudden popularity due to the release of the movie Crazy Heart. He has a raspy, whiskey soaked voice that seems road weary despite his relative young age. The fact that he does not follow the current crop of pop country is refreshing.
Key Tracks: Day Is Done, Country Roads, Wishing Well, Snake Eyes
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