I’ll admit to being a bit disappointed with Ryan Bingham’s last release Tomorrowland it’s not a bad album but benchmarked to his earlier releases, particularly Mescalito it’s not one I’ve returned to often. With news of his forthcoming release Fear & Saturday Night breaking last week and the release of a teaser track I’m optimistic the new one is a return to form. The album is set for release on the 20th of January and Ryan will touchdown in Dublin at the end of the month for a series of solo shows in Europe to promote the release.
“I’m really referring to life experiences in Broken Heart Tattoos. Sometimes they’re like scars or tattoos that you have to live with and deal with. You can’t run and hide from them or wash them off. There’s no way to remove them from your soul.”
According to the news and PR the majority of the albums dozen tracks were penned by Ryan along in an airstream trailer parked up in California mountains without electricity or a phone and the subject matter looks like erring on the dark-side, “the seclusion gave him creative clarity that resulted in songs inspired by an unstable childhood, and by the deaths of his mother to alcoholism and father to suicide”.
Fear and Saturday Night features a new band supporting Ryan with Jim Scott who’s worked with Wilco and Tom Petty on production duties – the album is released on Ryan’s own label Axster Bingham Records.
” Ryan Bingham has recorded a new version of “That’s How Strong My Love Is”, originally made famous by the late great Otis Redding. Check out how Ryan, Matt, and Elijah recorded the tune a couple of weeks ago and download the free song on www.levispioneersessions.com ”
Info on the runners and riders for the 2010 AMA’s has surfaced, I always have trouble getting my head around this kind of thing, as rarely do the nominations make sense (to me), but hey if I had to choose the nominees the list run on and on, so I guess somewhere in here is a degree of logic.
My winner(s) from the choices on offer below – I came to the Dave Rawlings Machine album at the tail end of last year and it’s really grown on me, should have placed it much higher in my 2009 best of……
Album of the Year The List – Rosanne Cash A Friend of a Friend – Dave Rawlings Machine (more) Downtown Church – Patty Griffin A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) – Ray Wylie Hubbard
Artist of the Year Ryan Bingham Patty Griffin Levon Helm Steve Earle (more) Ray Wylie Hubbard Duo / Group of the Year The Avett Brothers (more) Carolina Chocolate Drops Band of Heathens Dave Rawlings Machine
Instrumentalist of the Year Buddy Miller Dave Rawlings Will Kimbrough (more) Sam Bush
New and Emerging Artist Sarah Jarosz Ryan Bingham (more) Hayes Carll (more) Corb Lund Joe Pug
Song of the Year “The Weary Kind” (Ryan Bingham / T Bone Burnett) Ryan Bingham “Drunken Poets Dream” (Hayes Carll / Ray Wylie Hubbard) Ray Wylie Hubbard “Ruby” (Dave Rawlings / Gillian Welch) Dave Rawlings Machine Ruby – Live at Newport Folk Festival 2009 I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers