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Ryan Bingham: Music discovered through Dylan

By his own admission, Ryan Bingham’s latest trek on the road is a juggernaut. The country-tinged singer-songwriter is part of the Americanarama Festival of Music.

Put together and headlined by Bob Dylan, the lineup also includes Wilco and My Morning Jacket. The honor of touring with Dylan is not lost on Bingham, who first came on our radar through “The Weary Kind,” his Grammy- and Oscar-winning song from “Crazy Heart,” the 2009 film starring Jeff Bridges.

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“Dylan is definitely a huge influence on what I do, and his music grabbed ahold of me at an early age,” Bingham says. “It planted a seed in me to open my eyes to the idea that there was a lot more to the world than I knew beyond the bubble I was living in. Dylan was singing about this stuff that people didn’t talk about when I was a kid.”

We asked Bingham to name five artists he discovered after Dylan’s music opened the floodgates to a different breed of songwriting.

1. Woody Guthrie

2. Townes Van Zandt

3. Guy Clark

4. Terry Allen

5. Lightnin’ Hopkins

“Growing up, I didn’t have a whole lot of examples to follow. I was out on my own kind of early on,” Bingham says. “Through their music, those guys were kind of like mentors in a way. I lived through their words a bit.”

Americanarama Festival of Music comes to Comcast Center in Mansfield on Saturday,
starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$90. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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