Ryan Bingham: The Real Deal

Glad to see Ryan Bingham get some recognition when he won a Golden Globe the other night for his songwriting and performance of The Weary Kind, the title tune from the Crazy Heart soundtrack. It's a fine, understated song and vocal performance, with a subtle and slowly-building arrangement. If you listen to this and his songs (some more rocking) from either of his two albums, it's easy to tell Bingham has lived it. There's no artifice in him and he's no poseur. Though from this photo after his award victory, standing beside producer T-Bone Burnett, he cleans up pretty well.

His stuff is raw and on the country side, but I like it, especially Bread and Water, Sunshine, Dollar a Day, from his first album, Mescalito; and from his latest, Roadhouse Sun, Bluebird, Day Is Done, Endless Ways and Hey Hey Hurray are winners.