I was watching ER last night (final season you know), minding my own business, of course, and they introduce a character who was at the ER to see his sister, who it turns out was raising his daughter. Anyway, he was generally a hard life type of character, trying to maybe turn things around. He is also the actor who played Rene in the HBO vampire show True Blood (although I won't tell you any more about that character, in case you haven't seen the series yet). He's the one with the really strong cajun accent.
Long story short, most of that isn't important. However, he was playing guitar in the doctor's lounge I think, entertaining the girl (his daughter) while the sister was being treated. He starts strumming and singing, and I had to check my drawers. Turns out he was singing "Southside of Heaven" by Ryan Bingham. Then, at the end of the show, oddly they played more of him (the actor) singing the song. I thought it was weird they didn't use the Bingham version at that point. Either way, I guess having a fairly big time indie (edit: major label in sheep's clothing) label can help out your career pretty well.
(I picked the most ridiculous picture I could find)
I've had an ongoing like/hate relationship with Ryan Bingham for some time now. He came up in the Texas Country scene (hate), but has largely made his way out of that scene (like). He signed with Lost Highway (like), but his lyrics (at times), can be a bit cliched (hate). Nonetheless, he is growing on me. I can't deny that "Southside of Heaven" is a good song, as are "Long Way From Georgia" and "Hard Times." (I can't believe I'm writing this.)
Apparently he's from Hobbs, NM, which also is allowing me to give him more of a chance, given the west Texas connection (kind of like I do for Joe Ely sometimes - remember "Nacho Mama"?). On that same note though, I'm wondering why his line "I've been a desperado in West Texas for so long Lord I need a change" wasn't actually written as "I've been a desperado in Hobbs, New Mexico for so long Lord I need a change."
Oh I'm just kidding around now.
On a completely, couldn't be more unrelated note, can someone please tell me what you think of this band Portugal. The Man.? They are on tour right now, and I'm liking what I hear right now. I mainly just need to find out if they have gotten recent attention because various members grew up in Wasilla, Alaska, or if it's actually because they are good.