Junky Star
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Junky Star

August 31, 2010

  Song Title
The Poet
The Wandering
Strange Feelin' In The Air
Junky Star
Yesterday's Blues
Direction Of The Wind
Lay My Head On The Rail
Hard Worn Trail
Self-Righteous Wall
All Choked Up Again
The Weary Kind

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 58:55
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  • ASIN: B0040PWXU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,466 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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It's hard to believe the man is just 29 years old. Ryan Bingham seems more like some grizzled, peyote addled, desert rat who emerged from a heat mirage on a lonely stretch of highway. I loved the first two albums but I always thought perhaps Ryan was trying to cultivate the image he was projecting. Seems he's been on his own since his teens in rural Texas bouncing back and forth betweem ranch work and rodeos before he turned his attention to music. He's come a long way from sleeping in his pickup truck to a bit part in "Crazy Heart" and an Oscar for "The Weary Kind". Ryan turns from Marc Ford who produced his first two albums to "Crazy Heart" musical mastermind T Bone Burnett. The terminally busy Burnett has the wisdom not to try and change Bingham and The Dead Horses. If anything, he strips away the excess and let's Bingham's lyrical strengths shine through. As much as I love James McMurtry and and his songwriting skills, Ryan Bingham is well on his way to challenging him for the title of poet laureate of Americana music. Maybe James owns the high plains and Ryan reigns over the desert. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars let's get mellow September 2, 2010
By dan c.
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with everyone's opinion on Ryan Bingham. He is a great talent!!!
But one of the elements that drew me towards his music is missing on Junky Star.
That would be his "in your face" attitude that bucked the establishment and broke some rules with some rocking tunes that crossed, or at least blurred the lines between country and rock. This album contains no foot-stomping tunes like Bread and Water, Country Roads and even just a little toe tapping experienced in Ghost of Travlin' Jones. If soft, soulful country ballads are your thing, then give this one 5 stars and add it your collection. If your a Bingham fan as am I, then buy it anyway. We're seeing and listening to the creative evolution of a music icon for years to come. Just hoping for more gritty, harder edged stuff in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gifted young talent October 3, 2010
By Dbob
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I caught Ryan Bingham for the first time at the Americana Music Awards show at the Ryman in Nashville. He had won both the song of the year award for "The Weary Kind" as well as the artist of the year award. While I had the Crazy Heart soundtrack, I was not acquainted with his other work. In a night filled with incredible performances (for example Robert Plant did an unannounced 40 minute set of his new Band of Joy LP with Buddy Miler and Patty Griffin) Ryan Bingham blew me away with a stunning performance of "Hallelujah" from his new LP. While still sitting in the auditorium, I ordered the new LP as well as his first two releases on both cd and vinyl through the amazon app on my ipod. I have not been disappointed. I find both his songs and his voice to have a depth and maturity that belie his age. His songs have been in constant rotation on my turntable and on my car's iPod. I am planning to catch him live in the next few weeks. Along with artists like Hayes Carll and the Avett Brothers, performers like Ryan Bingham give me hope in the future of country music. It great to see a new stream of talent in the mold of Townes Van Zant, Guy Clark, Steve Earle etc. coming down the pike. I urge you to support Ryan Bingham and others like him by buying their music. It is folks like these that will keep quality songwriting alive in today's world of mass produced Muzak for the lowest common denominator.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great talent, great album August 31, 2010
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Junky Star is another spectacular album from Ryan Bingham. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, every song is like a painting for your ears. Great musicianship, great lyrics that tell great stories, great singing. Ryan Bingham is an incredible, underrated talent. This album, coming on the heels of his Oscar win for "The Weary Kind" (from Crazy Heart), might go a long way towards bumping Bingham to big-time stardom. NOTE: The MP3 version of the album includes "The Weary Kind" as the 13th track, which is a nice bonus. That song is NOT included on the CD version. My favorite Junky Star tracks so far: "The Poet," "Depression," and "Hallelujah." Fabulous stuff. I couldn't recommend this album more highly.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bingham and Deadhorses justs keeps gettin better!!! August 31, 2010
By sammy
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So I've been waiting all summer for "JUNKY STAR"! It was worth the wait! And a steal for only $3.99. I have no idea how to describe Ryan Bingham--he just writes and sings great music. Junky Star is a little more stripped down, more subdued than Roadhouse Sun. Still amazing! The variety yet similarity is what makes Bingham and the Deadhorses relavent! If you get a chance--check them out in person! Their show is just the real deal--Download Junky Star and try not to listen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Good June 22, 2011
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I have been with Bingham from the early days when he was still with the Dead Horses. The man had the voice and the words from the very start. He was twenty going on sixty when it came to relaying stories through his music, almost as if he had been everywhere and seen everything. But how can this be possible? This album is more tame than the more rocking first and second CDs. There is also a more seriousness to the lyrics. Ryan is surrounded by a ridiculously talented band which makes each song a well crafted gem. What can I say, this guy is from another planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant - A Must Hear / Must Own CD October 30, 2010
By A. Boyd
Format:Audio CD
It's been ages since an artist's music stopped me in my tracks - 29-year-old Ryan Bingham is the latest to do so, and his latest, Junky Star (3rd release, produced by T Bone Burnett,) is a brilliant album. Bingham is a talented songwriter, lyrically taking up themes and characters that complement his hard-life-lived sound. And that voice...Bingham's raspy, throaty vocals are all gravel and grit, sounding 30+ years his senior - part Bob Dylan (today!), part Felice Brothers. Junky Star is old school, no bells and whistles: mostly toned down, contemplative & haunting acoustic ballads woven amidst a few edgier barroom rockers. No matter the style, this is refreshing, invigorating stuff. If the name is familiar, Bingham won multiple awards in `10 for his song "The Weary Kind" from the Crazy Heart soundtrack.

GENRES: Rock, Mellow Rock, Contemporary Folk.

BUY IF YOU LIKE: Bob Dylan, The Felice Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, James McMurtry.

MUST HEAR TRACKS: "The Poet," "The Wandering," "Junky Star," "Hallelujah," "Yesterday's Blues," "Direction of the Wind," "Self Righteous Wall," "All Choked Up Again."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent work
This is yet another excellent album by one of the most talented song writers in the mix right now. Love it!
Published 5 months ago by scdickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Junky Star
Ordered this for my daughters and they loved it. Will provide many hours of entertainment. It is definitely worth the money.
Published 14 months ago by Marcia Beatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Bingham Music.
I Love this music,the whole c.d. has very good songs.i listen to it at least once a week.yes i would tell friends.
Published 14 months ago by norma fralin
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked the first two albums more
This is nothing like Mescalito or Roadhouse Sun which I loved. It's not bad for what it is, but I preferred his previous work more.
Published 14 months ago by Buster Bluth
4.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Bingham - Junky Star
"Junky Star" is lonely and wasted, filled with shaky guitar riffs, and a whiskey soaked voice. Ryan Bingham seems to be standing in the maddening windswept fog of a new morning... Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Kesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Roadhouse Sun, But Very Good
The songs that I like ( Hallelujah, All Choked Up Again, Depression) are really good. There are a few too many plodding ballads that don't go anywhere.
Published 18 months ago by Ryan M. Goldman
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool album
I first saw Ryan live at Austin City Limits last year and I've been a fan since. I have this album as well as Mescalito, and both are awesome. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hugo Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Bingham's Junky Star
Great Album. I knew at least one of the songs on the CD that I was absolutely IN LOVE with, but didn't know hw the others would be.....and they are great!
Published 21 months ago by Linds
4.0 out of 5 stars album
Bought for my nephew for Christmas and he really liked it,not going to play it just wanted to have it.Was a little dissappointed because thought was to also get lyrics but did not.
Published on February 11, 2012 by Tmm
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Bingham
Ryan Bingham is an amazing singer/songwriter. I feel his music and know that he writes and sings from his soul. I love all his CD's and will buy his music in the future.
Published on December 7, 2011 by Lirva I Bean
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