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PHILADELPHIA, PA – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names Ryan Bingham as its December Artist To Watch. Host Jim McGuinn will present the first of the month’s on-air segments on Monday, December 3, in the 4 p.m. hour.

Drawing comparisons to recent country rock favorites like Ryan Adams, as well as flat-out legends like Willie Nelson and Tom Waits, Texas troubadour Ryan Bingham possesses musical maturity well beyond his years. The songs of this 25-year-old singer/songwriter play like worn sketches of raw American landscapes and the modern day desperados that fill them. Full of emotion and conviction, Bingham’s commanding and enthralling music has already made a name for the artist in his home state. Now, with the release of his debut album, Mescalito, last month, eminent Americana label Lost Highway Records shares with music lovers everywhere a true treasure of the Lonestar State.

"Ryan is a stellar story teller in the tradition of Joe Ely, James McMurtry and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, with a whiskey-soaked, cigarette stained voice,” said Bruce Warren, assistant general manager of programming for WXPN. ”He’s an up-and-coming new Texas Troubadour that we’re very excited about.”

WXPN music director Dan Reed said, “Ryan Bingham has one of those voices that just don’t come along very often. His songs and stories are timeless, actually, and it’s quite remarkable that a guy in his mid-20s could have so much insight. His new album is an altogether fantastic piece of work.”

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month’s featured artist, visit Artist To Watch

The XPN Artists To Watch series reflects WXPN’s commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, Y-Rock On XPN as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM, and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.