Mescalito

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602517396746
  • Catalog Number: 000939602
  • Sales rank: 8,005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Southside of Heaven (6:19)
  2. 2 The Other Side (2:11)
  3. 3 Bread and Water (4:08)
  4. 4 Don't Wait for Me (4:56)
  5. 5 Boracho Station (2:03)
  6. 6 Sunshine (4:20)
  7. 7 Ghost of Travelin' Jones (4:09)
  8. 8 Hard Times (4:38)
  9. 9 Dollar a Day (2:11)
  10. 10 Take It Easy Mama (3:03)
  11. 11 Long Way from Georgia (3:54)
  12. 12 Ever Wonder Why (4:59)
  13. 13 Sunrise (4:45)
  14. 14 For What It's Worth (13:58)
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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
St├ęphane 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Real and soulful

    When I think of modern country songs I usually think of cheesy lyrics, with a more pop sound than actual country. This album has down to earth, relatable lyrics, raspy and soulful vocals and just enough twang to let you know it's country.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Get it!

    I love love love him!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I was surprised how much I like this CD

    I am not big on Country but I heard a song and a bit of an interview with Ryan Binham on the radio and bought the CD out of curiosity.
    Songs are strong with excellent playing and it is one of the best CDs I have bought for a long time. Put it on in your car and listen as you drive accross Texas.

    I recommend you give this one a try and I will be interested to here what his new CD is like when it comes out later this year.

    Mike

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    Posted May 4, 2010

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