ANNOUNCED: Ryan Bingham Returns in 2016
The Grammy and Academy Award winning troubadour Ryan Bingham returns to Australia in April 2016.
Last here in 2014 the Texan singer-songwriter best known for penning ‘The Weary Kind’, the Oscar-winning theme song for Crazy Heart, will once more captivate audiences with tracks off his critically acclaimed 2015 release Fear and Saturday Night.
Bingham, in an intimate semi-acoustic mode, will kick things off Friday April 22 at Sydney’s iconic Basement before visiting the east coast of Australia, ending in Brisbane Saturday, April 30.
Don’t miss the chance to experience one of Americana’s finest poets live this April.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at midday this Monday, February 8.
Early in 2015, Bingham relocated to an old airstream trailer tucked away in the mountains of California, camping out for several weeks and embracing the solitude to dig down deep and craft his most powerful album yet, Fear and Saturday Night.
Bingham was actually in the back of a van in North Dakota when he wrote 'The Weary Kind,' a song that became the centerpiece of the 2010 film Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges. It earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy, and skyrocketed him into the spotlight. Amidst the incredible success, though, was tragic loss behind the scenes that few knew about.
“A lot of peopled didn't realize when that Oscar stuff was going on and 'Junky Star' was released, I was dealing with the loss of my parents,” says Bingham, who released the follow-up album Tomorrowland as a direct reaction to the emotional turmoil that surrounded him. “My mother drank herself to death, and my father shot himself. I was also going through a huge transition with the band - we were breaking up - and I felt so lost playing with different musicians for the first time in years.”
Bingham never really set out to be a musician, though. His mother bought him a guitar when he was 16 years old, and a neighbour taught him a mariachi tune. When he grew tired of playing the only song he knew, Bingham began penning his own music, discovering the writing process to be a therapeutic coping mechanism for dealing with the tumultuousness of his upbringing.
Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band and under the guidance of producer/engineer Jim Scott, Fear and Saturday Night finds Bingham facing his past with a poetic grace while happily looking forward to a future with his wife and child.
Those hard-learned lessons, through both good times and bad, helped make Bingham the man he is today. Fear and Saturday Night is the most authentic, personal, and deeply moving portrait of that man we've heard yet.