When Ryan Bingham visited Soundcheck in 2010, he had just won a Golden Globe for “The Weary Kind," a song co-written with producer T. Bone Burnett for the film Crazy Heart, which starred Jeff Bridges as a country music burnout. Bingham would go on to win an Oscar and a Grammy for the song.
A career path into Nashville's mainstream seemed possible, yet, on his follow-up record, Bingham is showing an independent streak.
Tomorrowland -- which Bingham is releasing himself on a label co-founded with his wife -- is filled with searing, Zeppelin-style guitar riffs, Bingham's ragged, tougher-than-nails voice, and some pointed commentary about economic hardship in America. As Bingham tells Soundcheck host John Schaefer, the music of Woody Guthrie and Ghost of Tom Joad-era Springsteen inspired the collection.
In an intimate solo performance, this well-traveled road warrior performs in the Soundcheck studio.