Show Review: Ryan Bingham Graced the Belly Up Stage in Solana Beach, CA

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Ryan Bingham played the first of two sold out shows at the legendary Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA the other day. The Belly Up has hosted everyone from Bo Diddley to Etta James. Jimmy Buffett, Green Day, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, and Willie Nelson, just to name a few, have all graced the Belly Up Stage.

Ryan is on tour to promote his latest album, American Love Song. This is his sixth studio album in addition to 2016’s Ryan Bingham Live.

He strode out onto the stage with a smile that lit up the room, cowboy hat back in its rightful place atop his head and played “Nothin’ Holds Me Down” to an already warmed-up eager crowd.  He seems to be rocking just a little bit harder this tour than he did in support of his darker, moodier earlier albums. A particular crowdpleaser was “Jingle and Go.” He played a couple songs from his earlier album with The Dead Horses, and most of the new album.

In the middle he played an acoustic set; a palette cleanser, which also was a good change-up: “Southside of Heaven,” “Wolves,” and “Bread and Water.” This was a prelude to the rocking second half.

The rock returned with “Pontiac” which is another crowd pleaser from the new album. “Hot House,” then a jammin’ “Hallelujah,” followed by “What Would I’ve Become,” “Sunrise,” and “Lover Girl.” 

Encores were “Trouble,” and “Bluebird,” and some in the crowd were already talking about seeing him in his next show a couple days later.

Ryan is not only a Grammy award winning songwriter, he’s also won a Golden Globe award, Academy award and song of the year by the Americana Music Association. He currently has a guest role on the hit television series, Yellowstone.

Opening for Ryan Bingham was the popular Los Angeles based The Americans. The Americans are a three- piece alt-country band that formed in 2010. The members are Patrick Ferris -vocals, guitar, Zac Sokolow – guitar, banjo, and Jake Faulkner- bass. They really held their own and made a few new fans this night. The band’s debut album I’ll Be Yours, released July 7, 2017 on Loose Music, debuted at #15 on the UK Americana Top 40 and #19 on the Indie Breaker’s chart.


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