Ryan Bingham / Honeyhoney – Taft Theatre
After the success of the movie Crazy Heart and winning a Grammy and a Golden Globe for “The Weary Kind” that he co-wrote with T-Bone Burnett, Bingham has continued to release raucous rock-tinged country. Most recently he released “Tomorrowland” which he’s touring in support of right now. Honeyhoney is a folk/country band that is really up-and-coming right now and they set the mood perfectly with their set. It’s tough to make a room as big as the Taft Theater feel personal, but they managed to have banter with the crowd and effectively shrink the room like you were seeing them in a much smaller venue. Bingham continued the personal feel of the show but infused an amount of party atmosphere that I didn’t think was possible in a fixed seating theater. The taft theater felt more like a honky tonk than an ornate theater, and I mean that in the absolute best way.