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Ryan Bingham is an American singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Since leaving a career as a bull rider in the rodeo circuit in 2004, he has become known for his songs full of dark, often mysterious, places where light struggles to get in, as well as for his jagged weather-beaten vocals.
Bingham earned Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy wins for his song “The Weary Kind,” from the 2009 movie Crazy Heart, and was also named the Americana Music Association’s 2010 artist of the year.
In September 2012, Bingham released Tomorrowland, his fourth album. He says that the process of publishing on his own label (Axster Bingham Records) has allowed him the time and freedom to “do whatever we want and not have someone else’s agenda on it.”
Born in 1981, and currently based in Los Angeles, California, Bingham’s previous albums included Mescalito in 2007 and 2009’s Roadhouse Sun. Junky Star was his third major album and reached No. 2 on the Billboard country charts in 2010.
“Doing this label and the new music on our own,” says Bingham, “led me back to writing songs that sustain me. It’s a whole new adventure for me. Whatever that means.”