Song:The Weary Kind
Album:Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Deluxe Edition
Singer songwriter Ryan Bingham is best known for The Weary Kind which was the theme for the 2009 film Crazy Heart and won Bingham a Best Song Oscar. He was born Mar. 31, 1981 in Hobbs, NM and grew up in West Texas and Houston. Before he got into music, Bingham worked on ranches and at rodeos. He started hanging around his uncle's bar listening to his jukebox and this led to regular performances at the bar. After releasing a couple of CDs independently, Bingham signed with Universal's Lost Highway label. His debut CD Mescalito was released in 2007. The 2009 film Crazy Heart was written and directed by Scott Cooper. This was his debut as a director following a ten year acting career. The film is based on a 1987 novel that is based on the life of honky tonk legend Hank Thompson. Cooper is also a big Townes Van Zandt fan. He hired T-Bone Burnett and long time Kris Kristofferson guitarist Stephen Bruton to handle the music. Bruton also contributed many of the road stories that are in the film. Sadly, he died before the film's release. Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhall, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall were the stars. Burnett has done a lot of films including O Brother Where Art Thou so he wants authenticity. So all the actors did their own singing and Bridges even released a CD in 2010. Cooper says when Bingham first sang The Weary Kind, he knew immediately that it was perfect for the theme song for Crazy Heart. Bingham's recording of The Weary Kind plays over the closing credits. Bingham won a Golden Globe, a Grammy and then an Oscar after performing The Weary Kind on the Oscar broadcast. The deluxe edition of the soundtrack has six bonus tracks so it's worth getting. Bingham left Lost Highway and released the 2012 CD Tomorrowland on his own label. Bingham has recorded new music and a new CD should be released shortly. He is also helping his wife Anna Axter with her film directorial debut. She directs his music videos. I think Bingham's fame will turn out to be brief. But it did create enough interest to sustain a long term career. He's worth checking out. Here's Ryan Bingham performing The Weary Kind 2009.