Twang Roots Rock News: Ryan Bingham comes to Indy, U2 rocks opening night, Charlie Robison’s new album and video, and more

Ryan Bingham steps out the field...and hits Indy with a live show
Ryan Bingham steps out the hit Indianapolis with a live show

Ryan’s Bingham is headed to Indianapolis
Lost Highway Records signed Bingham and issued his major-label debut, Mescalito (featuring production by Marc Ford, former guitarist for the Black Crowes), was released in October 2007. Rolling Stone compared Bingham’s raw, scratchy voice to that of “Steve Earle’s dad.” Ford has also produced Bingham’s latest record “Roadhouse Sun”, out earlier this year. The Indianapolis Songwriters Cafe is bringing Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses with Jesse Dayton to Radio Radio on July 10. It should be really good…

U2 began their U2 360 tour in Barcelona last week, in front 90,000 fans.
The show unveiled the band’s new outdoor stage setup, dubbed “The Claw.” The dual archway extends around the stage in the middle of the stadium, to allow for maximum capacity at the shows, with the sound system for the band mounted within its legs.

Kicking off opening night with “Breathe,” the band played 21 songs and dedicated “Angel Of Harlem” to Michael Jackson, with Bono singing snippets of “Man In The Mirror” and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”. Enjoy the confidence, command and musical flexibility U2 shows when Bono switches to a short Michael Jackson medley near the end.

In typical Bono bombast, he connected with astronauts on the International Space Station via the tour’s 360 screen. “Commander, can you see Barcelona?” asked Bono. The set list also included a few rarities, including the title track to The Unforgettable Fire, which hadn’t been played live since 1990.

U2 opening night - with the "claw"stage
U2 opening night - with the "claw"stage

– setlist – Barcelona/6.30.09:
“No Line on the Horizon”
“Get On Your Boots”
“Beautiful Day”
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
“Angel Of Harlem”
“In A Little While”
“Unknown Caller”
“The Unforgettable Fire”
“City Of Blinding Lights”
“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”
“Sunday Bloody Sunday”
“Pride (In The Name Of Love)”
“Walk On”
“Where The Streets Have No Name”
“Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”
“With Or Without You”
“Moment Of Surrender”

The band mixed up the set list for the second show in Barcelona on July 2 – “Desire”, “Party Girl” and “Electrical Storm” all were additions – plus two different versions of ‘Crazy’ filmed for a video. The tour moves to Milan, Italy this week for shows on July 7 and 8. The tour comes to the United States September 12 with the first of two shows in Chicago. The first night is sold out, and the second show has tickets remaining.


One of the best Texas country/roots/rockers, Charlie Robison has a new album
One of the best Texas country/roots/rockers, Charlie Robison smiles 'cause he knows his new record is good

→ New Charlie Robison album – Beautiful Day – is out
(Interview excerpt from
“If I give it to someone while I’m driving or something, people that maybe don’t know me real well will go through it and be like, “Man, I would have never, ever thought that you’d be into this stuff.” I consider myself a country artist, I consider myself a rock artist, I consider myself an Americana artist. Doug Sahm was … I keep going back to influences, but how would you classify him? I think being somewhat unclassifiable is probably the greatest compliment I could get as a musician. So I kind of like that, and I certainly can’t classify myself, because I never know what’s coming out next.”
Read entire interview here
Watch album release party concert video of “Nothin’ Better to Do”

→ Newly recorded live performances of some songs from John Mellencamp’s 2008 release Life, Death, Love and Freedom are out, in conjunction with his trek across the country with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. His website says the live versions are presented with no overdubs or studio enhancements.

Related Bob Dylan note:
Though Mellencamp did not join Willie Nelson and Dylan at the recent Rothbury Festival, Dylan still rocked a 90-minute, 17-song show to close out the festival’s Odeum main stage. For the fourth show of his U.S. tour promoting his latest album, “Together Through Life,” Dylan offered up just one song from the new album, “Jolene,” instead pulling favorites out for the crowd. He played “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,” a slinky treatment of “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again,” “Like A Rolling Stone” and fierce “All Along The Watchtower.”
–>read review of Mellncamp/Dylan/Willie show in St. Louis

Lots of the Jayhawks greatness on one album
Lots of The Jayhawks greatness on one album

The Jayhawks recently announced the release of their anthology Music from the North Country. The retrospective will be available as a single disc featuring the best of the Jayhawks’ studio albums, or as a double-disc set with an additional CD full of b-sides, rare tracks and previously-unreleased material.

Old Crow Medicine Show will release Live at the Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre, their first live concert DVD on August 18. It was recorded last December and is scheduled to have 20 songs. The DVD also includes five tracks not found on their three studio albums: “Wheeling Breakdown,” “Raise A Ruckus,” “Reuben’s Train,” “Sally Anne” and “Shack #9.” all are live songs that OCMS play.

Delbert McClinton’s first album in four years, Acquired Taste, on that same date

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will release their first studio album in five years on September 22. Titled Speed of Life, the album will be released on the band’s own record label and distributed by Sugar Hill.


19Clark25 headlines at the Big Roots Show this week
19Clark25 headlines at the Big Roots Show

Indianapolis roots rockers that we really like,19Clark25, will play The Big Roots Show at Local Only this week (7.9.09) along with Varmit and Nick Ivanovich.
go to 19Clark25 website

Go and watch a three song live performance (roots-rock/raspy vocals/sweet harmonies/ partly electric, mostly acoustic/well-miked drummer) from John Shelly and the Creatures. Formed in 2007, they released their first EP Big Day Out and single “Angeline”. The track got airplay on BBC Radio. Two members are from Dublin and two from “the North of Ireland” as they call it. The band recorded their new single “Long May You Reign” in 2009 and it is online in audio and video…
Quick sample of their sound…


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