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Ryan Bingham On World Cafe

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A rough-voiced rodeo veteran and country songwriter, Ryan Bingham just returned with a direct and personal new album titled Fear And Saturday Night.

Bingham burst on the scene with the well-received Mescalito in 2007, but really became known when a song of his from the film Crazy Heart won a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 2009. But then life intervened: His alcoholic mother died, his father committed suicide, and Bingham didn't deal with the grief until he had to.

Finally, he escaped into an Airstream in the California mountains to write a new album. Here, Bingham performs a few of its songs in front of a live audience.

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