Ryan Bingham from the album American Love Songs available on Axster Bingham Records
A decade into a career that took its first solo steps with a two critically acclaimed albums and multiple awards (Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe) for “The Weary Kind”, the theme song for the 2009 film, Crazy Heart, Ryan Bingham returns with a suitcase full of tunes in American Love Song,his recent release. Choosing a path that allowed him to embrace his role as songwriter, Ryan Bingham has cultivated a sound, offering diversity as a musical brand for his songs and style, adding Blues to his Country Soul (“Got Damn Blues”), stomping out an adrenaline-infused carnival rhythm shuffle (Jingle and Go”), carving a message with sharp-edged acoustic notes (“”Beautiful and Kind”), and stretching a Bluesy beat over a deadly storyline (“Hot House”). As a songwriter, Ryan Bingham lets the story dictate its rhythm, strumming chords that churn underneath the lyrical guarantee of “Nothin’ Holds Me Down” while “Stones” reverentially rises up to honor loss and “Lover Girl” slides electric Blues into an open heart as a greeting.
Political and personal observations leapfrog across the stories on American Love Song, the album asking a country that stood by its beliefs to once again take a stand for “America”. Zydeco rhythms drive the wheels of “Pontiac” with a ‘low and blue’ beat as “Wolves” shares a story on quick bites of guitar strums while American Love Songcruises south of the border, putting the current administration’s atrocities and hate in the rear-view with “Situation Station”. For his first album in four years, Ryan Bingham sat next to co-producer Charlie Sexton to record American Love Songin Austin, Texas at Public Hi-Fi and Arlyn Studios. Writing out a resume by asking question, Ryan Bingham ponders life with “What Would I’ve Become” and shuffles out a rhythm to deal some mental R&R in “Time for My Mind” as American Love Songexits the album on sweetly simmering Soul singing a song as a goodbye for “Blues Lady”.
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