Gravel-voiced Ryan Bingham was thrust into the national spotlight in
2010 on the success of the film Crazy Heart and its theme, “The
Weary Kind.” Now he returns with Tomorrowland, an album that finds the singer-songwriter shaking off some cobwebs.
its devastating lyrics of a life almost used up, “The Weary Kind” won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for best original
song. Then Bingham released an album, Junky Star, that stayed close to that confessional, personal theme. But after
a full tour in that introspective mindset, life began to imitate art a little too much.
“Junky Star was so stripped
down and dark and acoustic,” recalls Bingham before taking the stage at a Nashville concert. “A lot of the songs were really
personal, and playing those songs live every night was a little sad to get through. It’s tough when you’re playing them