Ryan Bingham: Beyond 'Crazy Heart' The singer-songwriter rose to fame when his song "The Weary Kind" was picked as the theme to the film Crazy Heart. Here, he joins WFUV's Claudia Marshall to play songs from Junky Star, his first album since he and T-Bone Burnett took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song earlier this year.
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Ryan Bingham: Beyond 'Crazy Heart'

Ryan Bingham: Beyond 'Crazy Heart'

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Ryan Bingham's bio sounds like the stuff of legend, but he swears it's true: He worked the rodeo circuit in Texas and New Mexico before catching the fast train to stardom with an assist from T-Bone Burnett. In between, Bingham drove a beater from town to town trying to pick up gigs, made a couple of records, and eventually moved to Los Angeles' famed Laurel Canyon to continue making music with his band The Dead Horses. In Southern California, Bingham connected with the makers of the film Crazy Heart, and worked with Burnett to craft the song that provided the musical centerpiece of the film.

Ryan Bingham (third from left), seen here with his band The Dead Horses, recently appeared solo on New York City's WFUV. Anna Axster hide caption

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Ryan Bingham (third from left), seen here with his band The Dead Horses, recently appeared solo on New York City's WFUV.

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In person, Bingham couldn't be less "Hollywood" (looks aside, of course). A man of few words, he appears relaxed and unimpressed with his own success not to mention unconcerned with the fact that his fame may be fleeting.

But he certainly knows a good thing when he sees it, so he brought Burnett on board again as producer for his new album, Junky Star. Here, Bingham stops in at WFUV to perform songs from the new record.