For some reason the concept of simple music has been lost on our generation. This is why each week I’ve been doing what I can to bring you a nice simple folk, blues, rock, etc. song that you can sit down and just relax. Well, today is no different. It’s raining outside here in Akron and the day deserves something a little dreary.
Earlier this year Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses released their third studio album, Junky Star. While the album didn’t do terribly fantastic with the critics, it did well enough to catch the ears of many folk fans. Today’s song comes from this album and is titled “The Poet.”
This song does a very fine job of using little instrumental music, but relies heavily on Bingham’s voice as an instrument to set the melody. Bingham’s distorted cigarette smoking voice can be compared to a young Tom Waits, you know, before he was smoking two packs of Marlboros a day. Along with Bingham’s voice, the band uses a very soothing backing acoustic piece to accompany a harmonica that sets up the hook for the song.
For those who haven’t heard of Bingham and are leery of checking out the rest of his music, or even the rest of this album, some his music was used in the Jeff Bridge’s movie Crazy Heart. So, that gives you a sort of jumping off point. Enjoy!