Friday, December 17, 2010

Best of 2010 Part 4

Texas has been a hotbed for incredible singer/songwriters for some time. And you could extend that to say it has just been a great place for musicians. Since it is/has been home to greats from many styles of music as well including: Van Cliburn, Charles Brown, Cliff Bruner, Charlie Christian, Roy Hargrove, Buddy Holly, Bob Wills and many more. But for today I want to look at singer/songwriters. The Lone Star State has seen more than it's share of greats: Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Willie Nelson, etc. etc. If you like those artists than you will love, Ryan Bingham. His debut disc, Mescalito, with Lost Highway Records in 2007 was outstanding. In 2009 he put out the superb "Roadhouse Sun" and this year he hit another one out of the park with "Junky Star". It is a roots rock masterpiece. An "On the Road" for countrified folkies. Did I mention he won an Oscar for "the Weary Kind" in the movie, Crazy Heart. Yes this is the same guy. There is nothing new here. It is sex and drugs and rock and roll. And relationships and self doubt. It is just done as well as anyone.

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