Article by: Kelly Milionis, Senior Contributing Writer/Interviewer/Reviewer

Photos by: Brian Morgan

GRAMMY, Oscar and Golden Globe winning artist Ryan Bingham kicked it at Chicago's Vic Theatre Thursday evening to a crowd of diehard and fervent fans who hung on every word, every move, and every guitar change, whilst also including their own voices non-stop.  Performing in front of a white backdrop with a single tall tree, depicting the cover of the 2012 release Tomorrowland, Bingham drew attention to his various musical abilities: that of guitar player, harmonica player, constant human condition, hard times and socio-political down-and-out-themed songwriter, all the while emphasizing his gravely, raspy vocal style somewhat similar to that of a combination Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker and Jon Bon Jovi.  Popular song choices of his set included "Guess Who's Knocking," "Tell My Mother I Miss Her So," "Southside of Heaven" (featuring Bingham on acoustic guitar and harmonica), and his encore tracks, "Hallelujah" (biggest crowd pleaser and loudest sing-along), "Sunshine," and "Bread and Water."

Sometimes Country, sometimes Americana, sometimes Country-Folk, sometimes Alternative-Country, sometimes Country-Rock, sometimes Roots-Rock, with even a bit of Indie Rock tossed in for good measure allowed Bingham to safely hit all the right notes throughout his nearly 95 minute set.  Bingham and his bandmates, Kelly Sherrod, Bass; Matt Sherrod, Drums; and Evan Weatherford, Lead Guitar delivered a straight forward set covering songs from the 2007 debut album entitled Mescalito, 2009's Roadhouse Sun, 2010's Junky Star and his latest 2012 release, Tomorrowland.

Bingham is well-known for his collaboration with T-Bone Burnett, writing the theme song entitled, "The Weary Kind," for the Golden Globe and Oscar Winning Motion Picture Crazy Heart.  Bingham also nabbed a GRAMMY Award, shared with co-writer T-Bone Burnett, for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

 

Setlist:

Guess Who's Knocking

Heart Of Rhythm

Tell My Mother I Miss Her So

Sunrise

Depression

Beg For Broken Legs

Western Shore

Dollar A Day

Hard Times

I Heard 'Em Say

Southside Of Heaven

Day Is Done

Never Far Behind

 

Encore:

**RYAN SOLO ACOUSTIC**

Hallelujah

Too Deep Too Fill

Sunshine

Bread And Water

 

Opening Act:  The White Buffalo