Ryan Bingham has one of those voices that usually takes a lifetime of cigarettes and booze to cultivate. His raw, world-worn vocals belie his mere 30 years, but he’s still had his fair share of experiences, including a stint as a bull rider, which he started doing his late teens. Around that time, a guitar entered his life also, and no matter where his travels have taken him, he’s been writing songs on it. In only four years, he’s put out three solid albums, including last year’s Junky Star. But it was “The Weary Kind,” one of two songs he contributed to the Crazy Heart soundtrack, that brought him to national attention as he won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for its use the movie. Regardless of his recent success, Bingham remains grounded in his roots and, recently he was the perfect guest for Greg Vandy when he joined him in The Roadhouse. Check out the songs from the session, including a rendition of his award-winning song:
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