One of many things that make “Yellowstone” a hit television series is its authenticity in how it presents the “cowboy culture” and ranching life.
This is especially true for “Yellowstone” star Ryan Bingham, who has spent time on a real-life ranch. There are a couple of other actors on the show that also have experience in wrangling cattle and other cowboy jobs. Forrie J. Smith, who plays Lloyd on the show, grew up working on a ranch. Mo Brings Plenty, who plays Mo, currently operates a large cattle ranch when not on set. Hassie Harrison, who plays buckle bunny Laramie on the show, has spoken at length about her experience in the cowboy culture. The real-life experiences of these actors really bring out the authentic features of the modern western drama.
Bingham is an especially unique case as he is able to combine multiple aspects of his life to make Walker the character he is. Not only has the “Yellowstone” star spent plenty of time on a horse, but he is also a successful musician. Walker can often be found inside of the bunkhouse with a guitar in his hands, strumming a tune to entertain the other hands. While Bingham’s star continues to rise in the entertainment world, it wasn’t always easy. In a 2020 interview with “The Off Camera Show,” Bingham reveals that before he made it big, he was out digging ditches to make ends meet. He says discovering his musical talent could pave his way proved to be a life-changing moment.
“When people started wanting to hear the songs and we’re enjoying them, I could go to a bar and make 100 bucks in tips,” he says of his early days. “It became a way of me not having to go dig ditches for somebody all week long.”
‘Yellowstone’ Star talks Ditch-Digging Days
Soon after his music career began to take off, the “Yellowstone” actor quit his ditch-digging gig.
“I was digging holes all day in the sun to make 100 bucks,” he recalls. “I can go 100 bucks in an hour at the bar and drink beer for free with my guitar. So, it didn’t take me long to figure out that the guitar felt a lot better in my hands than that shovel.”
I believe we are all thankful that Bingham made the decision to drop the shovel in favor of the guitar.
Including Ryan Bingham and his music in “Yellowstone” was the idea of show creator Taylor Sheridan. After hearing some of his songs and wanting to incorporate them into the show, Sheridan eventually offered Bingham a part.
Bingham plays the trouble-making ranch hand, Walker, to perfection on the show. It is believed that Bingham’s character will play a big role in the upcoming new season. The fourth season of “Yellowstone” will premiere this fall.