Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses – Junky Star (Universal Music Canada)

After bringing home a Golden Globe award for his song “The Weary Kind” from the movie Crazy Heart, more eyes than ever are probably focused on Ryan Bingham. If the pressure was getting to him, he certainly doesn’t show it on Junky Star, his third record. Sounding like a young Steve Earle at times, Bingham guides the Dead Horses through 12 tracks of Americana-influenced goodness including the bluesy The Wandering through desolate, sparse moments like Junky Star and Yesterday’s Blues.