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2010 album from acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham and his band, The Dead Horses. Bingham recently won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song for 'The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)', which he co-wrote with multi-Grammy Award-winning producer/musician T-Bone Burnett. The collaboration between Bingham and Burnett developed into a solid artistic relationship during the Crazy Heart recordings, and as a result, Burnett signed on to produce Junky Star. All 12 songs on Junky Star were written by Bingham and performed by his longtime band The Dead Horses, featuring Matt Smith (drums), Elijah Ford (bass) and Corby Shaub (guitar/mandolin). Burnett created a recording environment that perfectly complimented the themes and textures of Bingham's reflective songwriting and gravelly voice.
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"None of us need a hit single or be famous rock stars," he concludes. "Just to be able to make a living playing music and not having to work an eight to five job digging holes makes me feel fortunate enough. I see so many kids living on the street or going off to Afghanistan, so I don't feel comfortable saying I'd been down any tougher road. I'm just another person out here trying to make it."See all Editorial Reviews
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About the only thing that's missing from this release, that dominated all of his others, is a sense of adventure ... "Junky Star" captures a sense of place, a taking stock of everything he's loved and lost, and how far afield things seem when you stop moving, look around, reach deep in your pockets, and find nothing but a spent matchbook from someplace you might have been.
This being his third and most atmospheric album, feeling like a postcard from a life somewhere on the open road ... I for one, am waiting on chapter four. If you find yourself traveling the back roads, the roads truckers take to slip past the weigh-stations, and you see a guy hitching down by the off-ramp, pick up this road weary traveler, then sit back and listen to him as he pokes at the dashboard, never looking you in the eye, and telling you some magnificent stories.
Review by Jenell Kesler
"The Wandering"- More harmonica by Ryan with some good guitar licks by Corby Schaub. Would of fit perfectly on "Roadhouse Sun".
"Strange Feelin' In The Air"- "Tattoo's and chains". Another strong song, with more great lyrics.
"Junky Star"- Laid back sound, murder ballad tune.
"Depression"- Just a great song, some good pickin' here. Ryan's lyrics are tops, saw on Letterman a very good performance.
"Hallelujah"- starts out with some fine acoustic pickin', another great story song. Then the band joins in on some fine gospel sounds, Corby's electric guitar shines here.
Yesterday's Blues"-Harmonica and acoustic guitar are again the main instruments, with some great lyrics.
"Direction Of The Wind"- The slide guitar, very Led Zeppelin III feel here, with some Dylan type lyrics, Elijah Ford good bass here.
"Lay My Head On The Rail"- Some fine acoustic guitar, again excellent lyrics.
"Hard Worn Trail"- Tremendous song, the band in perfect form, good drums by Matthew Smith.
"Self-Righteous Wall"- Great plodding drums and bass, Corby's guitar fills in the blanks, the lyrics are something else.
"All Chocked Up Again"- With T-Bone on Tremolo, A fine mid-tempo based tune, with some more great lyrics by Ryan Bingham, spacey sounding.
Again not bad for a guy that's only 29 years old! I can't wait to hear his next offering.