Bingham on the rise

Posted by · 11:54 am · February 6th, 2011

You probably notice I write about Ryan Bingham plenty, even though his successful Oscar season has come and gone.  But you know what?  Sometimes you meet guys n this racket who are real and genuine and, above all, kind, and when someone like that has talent like this, you just want to see him succeed.  And if you do what I do, you want to write about it.

Bingham and his band The Dead Horses played a sold out show last night at the El Rey on Wilshire.  I’ve only seem him perform in a more intimate capacity (and we were robbed of the chance to see him grace the stage at the Kodak Theatre last year), so seeing him shred it to a capacity crowd was a special sight.

I kind of consider him a latter day Springsteen.  His songwriting has taken huge leaps with the latest album, “Junky Star,” and he brings the energy like few contemporaries.  And the sky could be the limit.  We’re watching a superstar on the rise.

His good friends Colin Farrell and Reese Witherspoon were on hand.  I also bumped into “Country Strong” star Garrett Hedlund (who I actually thought did a fine job in that film and could be an underestimated good thing for Walter Salles’s “On the Road”).  But it was just great to see so many Bingham fans turn out.  And they’re growing by the year.  When I went back home for the holidays, a formerly frequented haunt suddenly had “Mescalito” on the jukebox and I just smiled.

Catch him if you get the chance.




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  • 1 2-06-2011 at 11:59 am

    Loyal said...

    Is he touring?

  • 2 2-06-2011 at 12:05 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I believe he was. Not sure how deep into it he is right now.

  • 3 2-06-2011 at 3:08 pm

    Nelson said...

    for a moment I thought you were referring to George Clooney’s amazing character in “Up in the Air”, my personal favorite of 2009

  • 4 2-06-2011 at 8:27 pm

    The Other Ryan said...

    He played Austin City Limits back in October, so fingers crossed he continues to do the festival circuit this summer (fingers crossed for Bonnaroo).

    Also, good call about Hedlund’s performance in Country Strong. I was really not expecting him to be that good in it.

  • 5 2-07-2011 at 1:28 pm

    Jasper said...

    I imagine he’s going to win himself a Grammy pretty soon here. I was at the El Rey show, I thought The Silent Comedy (opening band) was also really good.

  • 6 2-07-2011 at 1:51 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Tour dates, FYI:

    FEB 05 – Los Angeles, CA : El Rey
    FEB 06 – San Diego, CA : House Of Blues
    FEB 08 – San Luis Obispo, CA : Downtown Brew
    FEB 09 – Santa Ynez, CA : Tales From the Tavern
    FEB 10 – Santa Cruz, CA : Rio Theater
    FEB 11 – San Francisco, CA : Great American Music Hall
    FEB 14 – Chico, CA : El Rey Theater
    FEB 15 – Eugene, OR : Wow Hall
    FEB 17 – Grants Pass, OR : Rogue Theater
    FEB 18 – Seattle, WA : Neumos
    FEB 19 – Portland, OR : Wonder Ballroom
    FEB 20 – Vancouver : Venue
    FEB 22 – Boise, ID : Egyptian Theater
    FEB 23 – Salt Lake City, UT : In The Venue
    FEB 25 – Denver, CO : Ogden Theater
    FEB 26 – Aspen, CO : Belly Up
    FEB 28 – Billings, MT : Babcock Theater
    MAR 02 – Fargo, ND : The Aquarium
    MAR 03 – Minneapolis, MN : Varsity Theater
    MAR 04 – Madison, WI : The Majestic
    MAR 05 – Milwaukee, WI : The Rave Bar
    MAR 06 – Des Moines, IA : Vaudemille Mews
    MAR 08 – Omaha, NE : The Waiting Room
    MAR 10 – Indianapolis, IN : Birdy’s
    MAR 12 – Louisville, KY : Headliners
    MAR 13 – Columbia, MO : Blue Note
    MAR 15 – Little Rock, AR : Rev Room
    MAR 17 – Tulsa, OK : Cain’s Ballroom
    MAR 19 – Houston, TX : House Of Blues
    MAR 21 – Baton Rouge, LA : Varsity Theater
    MAR 22 – New Orleans, LA : Tipitinas
    MAR 24 – Birmingham, AL : Workplay Theater
    MAR 25 – Atlanta, GA : The Loft
    MAR 26 – Knoxville, TN : Bijou Theater