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Ryan Bingham

February 2, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

Ryan Bingham

February 2, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

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Bowery Boston
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Royale Nightclub Boston, MA
279 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

This event is 18 and over.

Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box Office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.


Ryan Bingham needed some peace and quiet. Free of the burdens that had saddled
him during the writing and recording of his recent albums, he 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.’
“It gave me the space and time to tap into myself,” Bingham says of the experience.
“Up there, it was totally isolated. No phones, no noise, no lights. At night the only
thing you’d hear is the bugs and the coyotes. It’s lonely when you get back up in there
and there’s nobody around, but for me, I kind of grew up that way in the middle of
nowhere. Since I’ve started touring, I’m surrounded by people all the time, so getting
back to the roots of everything, that’s really where I seem to find stuff that’s
meaningful when I’m writing songs.”
Bingham was actually in the back of a van in North Dakota when he wrote ‘The Weary
Kind,’ a song that became the centerpiece 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.”
There were positive changes in his life during that time, too, including his marriage,
which serves as a frequent well of inspiration on ‘Fear and Saturday Night,’ particularly
on tracks like “Snow Falls In June” and “Top Shelf Drug,” a Stones-esque rocker that’s
bound to become a live favorite.
Bingham never really set out to be a musician, though. His mother bought him a guitar
when he was 16 years old, and a neighbor 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. His first performances were informal affairs in
the backseats of cars with friends on the way to rodeos, where he was competing
professionally on the weekends. Every now and then, Bingham’s friends would convince
him to break out the guitar in a bar, and before he knew it, he had more gigs playing
guitar than riding bulls.
Recorded mostly live with a brand new backing band and under the guidance of
producer/engineer Jim Scott, ‘Fear and Saturday Night’ opens with “Nobody Knows My
Trouble,” a loping, autobiographical ballad about trying to outrun a painful past and
finding redemption both in the strings of a guitar and in hitting the road with the love
of your life. “Adventures Of You And Me” is a slide-guitar and mariachi-tinged barnburner
about a pair of misfits who travel the country together, while “Island In The
Sky” again picks up the theme of travel as a means of salvation and escape.
“I feel like I’ve been traveling my whole life, even from when I was a little kid,” says
Bingham. “Both of my parents were really bad alcoholics, and my dad could never keep
down a job, so we never lived in the same town for more than a couple years. And
even if we did, we’d move to different houses every other month. It felt like I lived out
of a cardboard box growing up until I was old enough to buy my own suitcase, and then
I was just running from everything.”
Bingham faces down his past with a poetic grace throughout the album. Lead single
“Radio” is about coping with a darkness that doesn’t want to let go, searching for a safe
place to make sense of your life and the strength to stay on the right track through it
all, while “Hands of Time” deals with accepting what’s behind you and moving forward
with grit and determination. On “Broken Heart Tattoos,” a wistful waltz written to an
unborn child, he imagines what kind of parent he’ll become, singing, “Take your sweet
time and walk a straight line in two / But don’t you be shy of your wilder side / Or be
afraid to let loose / With broken heart tattoos.” Perhaps the most affecting moment
on the album arrives in the title track, when Bingham sings, “I don’t fear nothin’ except
for myself / So I’m gonna go out there and raise me some hell.”
“Certain things aren’t going to change,” he explains of the song. “You can’t run away or
hide from the past. You have to live in it and deal with stuff and find your own way to
overcome. The way I grew up,” he continues, “you had to develop a certain kind of
toughness. Hanging with those guys on the rodeo circuits, you learn at an early age
how to defend yourself. There’s lots of fights and rowdy bars and mean people out
there. But if you’re smart enough to stay out of situations where other people can hurt
you, you’re the only one who can really hurt yourself. That’s something I had to learn
on my own.”
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.