‘Yellowstone’ TV: Walker Actor Ryan Bingham Revealed His Songwriting Values and They are So Different From His Character

by Katie Maloney

Walker on “Yellowstone” isn’t exactly a role model for ethical behavior. The show has seen him get into places where he shouldn’t be with people he shouldn’t be with more than a few times. In fact, Rip Wheeler even intended to send him to the train station before Kayce Dutton saved him. However, actor and musician Ryan Bingham, who plays Walker on “Yellowstone” couldn’t be more opposite. In fact, during an interview in 2020, Bingham shared that honesty is what he values most when writing songs. And we’re pretty sure Walker is allergic to honesty.

“I’ve always felt like you had to be as honest with writing songs as if you’re having a conversation,” said Bingham. “How do you expect them to believe what you’re saying if you don’t believe what they’re saying.”

Walker then opened up about his childhood. He said that his desire to be honest most likely stems from his own father’s dishonesty.

“And I think part of that is because my dad was such a bull*****er and a bit of a con man and he lied a lot,” said Bingham. “He’s a pathological liar.”

It sounds like Bingham’s father is closer in nature to “Yellowstone”‘s Walker than Bingham will ever be. Those real-life experiences may be why Bingham can play Walker so convincingly. Bingham also said that he recognizes that his desire to be honest through songwriting may be an attempt to balance the scales his father set with dishonesty.

“And maybe some of that is me trying to take it in the extreme in the other way,” said Bingham. “And I’ve obviously learned from his mistakes that it doesn’t get you anywhere lying to people and making up stories.”

‘Yellowstone’ Star Ryan Bingham Said Honest Songwriting is the Main Way He Connects With People

During the same interview Bingham added that, even if listeners don’t like his songs, he finds comfort in knowing that he’s sharing an honest story with every one of them.

“Personally, it’s just felt like that was the only way I ever connected with people is through an honest story,” said Bingham. “So, the songs, to go out on the stage and play them in front of complete strangers, every night over and over in different towns. Even if the person doesn’t like the song, and it’s not their kind of music and they just don’t care for it or whatever, I can’t say it’s not honest. Or it’s not something that I don’t really feel or go through or have been through. And it means something to me. It gives me a feeling that maybe it’s therapeutic and helps me get things off my chest.”