Final Attraction

"We're creating an alternate world of country music," T Bone Burnett told the Chronicle last September in regard to his work with the late Stephen Bruton for the Robert Duvall-produced film Crazy Heart, which is slated for national release later this year. "Country music as you would like it to be."

Fitting, then, that Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses make their big-screen debut in the film as part of the backup band for Jeff Bridges, who stars as a beat-down country singer – modeled on Kris Kristofferson – attempting to revive the acclaimed outlaw status of his early career.

"They actually gave me a few lines, believe it or not," smiles Bingham. "Everywhere he plays, they already have a band set up for him that knows his songs. In the opening scene, we're all sitting there waiting for him at a bowling alley in Boulder, Colorado. Then he comes in and puts everybody in their place."

One night during preproduction, as part of a songwriting session at Burnett's home in Los Angeles, Bingham arrived with a copy of his unreleased original "The Weary Kind" in hand.

"We all sat around in his living room and listened to it," Bingham recalls. "The first thing T Bone said was, 'That's going to be the title song of the movie.'"

  • More of the Story

  • The Cowboy Song

    Thin Lizzy's 'Cowboy Song' comes alive in rodeo vet turned Red Dirt ranger Ryan Bingham
  • Country Roads

    Ryan Bingham's a Texas troubadour in the truest sense. Here he recounts four of his more memorable Lone Star locales.

    Record Review

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle