Yes, his song "The Weary Kind" (from "Crazy Heart") won him a Golden Globe and an Oscar last year. It's a designation that will follow him around for the rest of his life. Heck, we even ran it as a caption to his picture in the print edition. But Bingham's modern take on faithful Americana leans hard toward the worn and dirt-tanned country sounds of his native Texas. If the music itself was a person, it probably wouldn't give a damn about an Oscar. Like his forebears in Steve Earle and Guy Clark, authenticity is something he's never had a problem with. And it's hard to knock a guy whose music is still as honest and roots-rooted as it was when he was sleeping in his van on tour.
Check it out: "Bread and Water" (live at Austin City Limits, 2008)