Mescalito

Mescalito

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by Ryan Bingham
     
 

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Loneliness runs rampant in Texas, where arid flatlands and empty highways converge to influence some of country music's best songwriting. Newcomer Ryan Bingham is happy to use such geography as his muse, and he makes his major-label debut with Mescalito, a bilingual collection of Americana that often delves into roadhouse country-rock. To those familiar withSee more details below

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Loneliness runs rampant in Texas, where arid flatlands and empty highways converge to influence some of country music's best songwriting. Newcomer Ryan Bingham is happy to use such geography as his muse, and he makes his major-label debut with Mescalito, a bilingual collection of Americana that often delves into roadhouse country-rock. To those familiar with the genre, Bingham's lyrics are somewhat predictable accounts of hard times, rivers' edges, and fieldwork, all sung in a wizened rasp whose sandpapered texture is impressive coming from a 25-year-old. Years of sleeping outside rodeo arenas in a truck bed have done a number on Bingham's throat, and when he croaks lyrics like, "I've been working in the goddamn sun for just one dollar a day," it's all too tempting to believe him. When he's singing about marijuana plants or casually slipping into Spanish during a Mexican ballad, Bingham truly distinguishes himself from his country contemporaries, playing the rugged outlaw to Nashville's smooth Rascal Flatts. Where he falters is the album's homogeneity, however, as too many tracks adopt a midtempo pace whose haunting effect wears thin. One can't help but wish for more country-rock grit, but Mescalito still bodes well for his future work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
Label:
Lost Highway
UPC:
0602517396746
catalogNumber:
000939602
Rank:
3330

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ryan Bingham   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Slide Guitar,Shaker,Foot Stomping
Terry Allen   Piano,Vocals
Bukka Allen   Accordion
Anthony Arvizu   Tambourine
John Bazz   Upright Bass
Jason Carter   Fiddle
Mike Starr   Fiddle,Slide Guitar
Mike Malone   Piano,Hammond Organ
Rick Lonow   Percussion,Drums
Doug Moreland   Fiddle
Brian Standefer   Cello
Joe Allen   Bass
Stéphane Bossard   Banjo
Marc Ford   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Slide Guitar,Shaker,Lap Steel Guitar,Hi Hat,Papoose
Corby Schaub   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Foot Stomping,Kettle Drums
Matt Smith   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Carlton Moody   Producer
Anthony Arvizu   Producer,Engineer
David Ferguson   Engineer
Kevin Bartley   Mastering
Brian Standefer   Engineer
Boyd Elder   Illustrations
Marc Ford   Producer
Lucas Hoge   Producer
Ryan Bingham   Composer,Author
Melanie Bellomo   Cover Photo

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