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Friday To-Do: Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses

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RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz, $10.

Saddle up for the perfect post-Willie Nelson after-party with this crew, which Sticky Fingerz is billing as one of its most requested acts in the past 15 months. Lead singer Bingham, originally from New Mexico, has a special songwriting depth, likely derived from a knockabout life on the bull-riding circuit in a fractured family that moved often between dusty Southwestern towns. With two albums under his belt, the second and upcoming third produced by former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, Bingham has been occasionally criticized as cliched, but he's received more than his fair share of praise. Texas Music Magazine compared him to Tom Waits, and Rolling Stone gave his “Mescalito” album three stars, saying Bingham “earns his sepia-toned album cover with a dusty wood-and-steel sound, and despite being twenty-five, sings like Steve Earle's dad.”

Paul Peterson

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