Round Up by arrangement with Live Nation presents the Grammy and Academy Award winning troubadour Ryan Bingham as he goes to Australia once again in April 2016. Bingham, in an intimate semi-acoustic mode, will kick things off Friday April 22 in Sydney then to Cronulla, before heading out to Newcastle, Melbourne, Bendigo, Byron, ending in Brisbane Saturday, April 30.
Last here in 2014, the Texan singer-songwriter, best known for penning ‘The Weary Kind’, the Oscar-winning theme song for Crazy Heart, will captivate audiences yet again with tracks off his critically acclaimed 2015 release Fear and Saturday Night.
Early in 2015, Bingham relocated to an old airstream trailer tucked away in the mountains of California, camping out for several weeks and embracing the solitude to dig down deep and craft his most powerful album yet, Fear and Saturday Night.
Bingham actually wrote the song ‘The Weary Kind’ while he was on the back of a van in North Dakota. It became the centrepiece of the 2010 film Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges. It earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy and skyrocketed him into the spotlight. Amidst the incredible success, though, was tragic loss behind the scenes that few knew about.
“A lot of peopled didn’t realize when that Oscar stuff was going on and ‘Junky Star’ was released, I was dealing with the loss of my parents”, says Bingham, who released the follow-up album Tomorrowland as a direct reaction to the emotional turmoil that surrounded him. “My mother drank herself to death, and my father shot himself. I was also going through a huge transition with the band – we were breaking up – and I felt so lost playing with different musicians for the first time in years”.
Bingham never really set out to be a musician, though. His mother bought him a guitar when he was 16 years old and a neighbour taught him a mariachi tune. When he grew tired of playing the only song he knew, Bingham began penning his own music, discovering the writing process to be a therapeutic coping mechanism for dealing with the tumultuousness of his upbringing.
Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band and under the guidance of producer/engineer Jim Scott, Fear and Saturday Night finds Bingham facing his past with a poetic grace while happily looking forward to a future with his wife and child.
Those hard-learned lessons, through both good times and bad, helped make Bingham the man he is today. Fear and Saturday Night is the most authentic, personal, and deeply moving portrait of that man we’ve heard yet.
Don’t miss the chance to experience one of Americana’s finest poets live this April.