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Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses


Perhaps the only thing more ear-opening than the performances in Scott Cooper's film Crazy Heart is the source of some of those songs. Sung in pitch-perfect Texas twang by Kris Kristofferson clone Jeff Bridges and the decidedly noncowboy Colin Farrell, acoustic ballad "The Weary Kind" — like Bridges' inspired turn as Otis "Bad" Blake — earned its creator both Golden Globe and Oscar statues, beating out U2, Paul McCartney and Randy Newman in the process. At 29, actual Texan Ryan Bingham is roughly half the age of the fictional Blake, but his own parched, cracked-leather vocals and roadhouse honky-tonk fit the hard-living character like a saddle. Working with legendary producer T-Bone Burnett would seem the opportunity of a lifetime for an emerging country singer. Yet Bingham, who shares a scene in the film with Bridges as a backup at a bowling alley, tells Entertainment Weekly there's another memory he'll cherish: "We got to smoke a joint with the Dude! What else is there after that?" Tickets $14. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

May 8

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses

8 p.m. Saturday

The Parish at House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 522-5555;


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