GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. Bingham discussed self-releasing his forthcoming new album, Tomorrowland, working with GRAMMY-winning producer T Bone Burnett and winning a GRAMMY, among other topics. Bingham performed songs from Tomorrowland, including "Flower Bomb" and "Too Deep To Fill."
"When I first started writing songs, it wasn't really intended for anybody ever to hear them," said Bingham. "It was really just stuff I was saying [and it was] kind of therapy for me. What kept me going [were] my peers and friends. … To have your peers relate to you … that was the best thing for me. I felt like there were people out there that understood."
Born in Hobbs, N.M., and raised in Texas, Bingham began writing songs at age 17. After performing on the local Texas roadhouse circuit, Bingham self-released three albums, Lost Bound Rails, Dead Horses and Wishbone Saloon, garnering the attention of Lost Highway Records. His major label debut, Mescalito, was released in 2007 and was produced by former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford. Teaming again with Ford, Bingham released Roadhouse Sun in 2009, peaking at No. 17 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. For 2010's Junky Star, Bingham teamed with Burnett, with whom he won a GRAMMY in 2010 for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for "The Weary Kind (From Crazy Heart)." Junky Star peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200.
Set for release on Sept. 18 on Bingham's own Axster Bingham Records, Tomorrowland was co-produced by Justin Staley (Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow).
"Maybe it's not so much about looking ahead as it is about leaving things behind," Bingham said regarding the album's title.
Bingham kicks off a tour in support of Tomorrowland on Sept. 25 in San Francisco, with additional dates scheduled throughout the United States, UK and Europe through November.