It’s no secret I think Ryan Bingham is one of the most exciting artists touring today. I said as much 4 years ago in a post on my Random Thoughts and Ideas blog, and many of you agreed. That post was written after a show with his band that was loud and rocking. Recently I had the opportunity to catch a solo acoustic show at The Hamilton in Washington, DC, and it was every bit as enthralling, albeit in a different way. Ryan Bingham is one of the most talented singer-songwriters working today, and acoustic shows really highlight that. They also let you hear the stories behind the songs.
Of course the artist is totally on their own in a solo acoustic show, and I must confess that I’d never really realized what a virtuoso guitarist Ryan Bingham is before the show at the Hamilton. I’ve been drawn to his lyrics more than anything else, and though I’ve seen him in concern many times, I’d never seen a solo show. I had heard the story of how he had learned to play guitar from a Mariachi guitarist who lived next door, but it was blown away when he played La Malagueña, leading into Boracho Station. It was brilliant!
Throughout the show Ryan proved and engaging storyteller as well as a brilliant singer-songwriter, and a talented guitarist. The Hamilton is a has great acoustics, and the fact that we shared a table with such good-natured group of people made the show that much more enjoyable. Tess Druckenmiller, a singer-songwriter originally from New York, opened with a solo acoustic set.
Below are some images from the evening, most of them taken by Rachid Idir Aadnani whose other photos can be seen at Tizi.org.
Incidentally, he’ll be touring soon with Lucero (see previous post, if you don’t know them). That’ll be a must see tour. I’m trying to reroute my travel during that time to catch at least one show somewhere!