The Magnolia Avenue Studios hosted hundreds of musicians, and over 70 different bands from all genres for 2013's Live at KDHX recording sessions.
I feel gypped on the boozy rock 'n' roll in my lifetime. I was much too young for the Replacements. And, hell, even my parents weren't around for the Rolling Stones or Bob Dyaln's electric folk. But at the Pageant on Wednesday night, the rambunctious alt-country rock of Ryan Bingham instilled that same excitement felt towards those bands I so desperately wanted to see.
There were good ol' boys in their best cowboy hat, ladies in little dresses and folks that look like the regular at your neighborhood bar. And it was Ryan Bingham who brought them all together.
There's something strangely appealing about hearing a scratchy, jagged voice growling from the depths, beautiful in its discordance. Ryan Bingham exudes this unique pull on listeners while pushing a rough-and-tumble aesthetic, complete with a nice edge you can really sink your teeth into.
If you're wondering what the deal is with Ryan Bingham, consider the following: At his first St. Louis appearance since his band's 3-song set at Farm Aid 2009 and first since "Weary Kind" earned an Oscar for "Best Original Song" (from the soundtrack to Crazy Heart), the 29-year-old West Texan passed on playing the anthem, all drunken audience demands notwithstanding.
Despite a raging storm and a late start for a Sunday night, Ryan Bingham played to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd. Fans stayed with him to the end, singing and swaying along.
All photos by Kate McDaniel. See more at my Flickr stream.