WATCH: Ryan Bingham Covers U2’s ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ in Latest Cantina Session

by Suzanne Halliburton

It’s a new Cantina Session. This time Ryan Bingham plays the parts of both Bono and The Edge to bring us a quieter, more soulful version of “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

Y’all know Bingham as Walker, the ex-con turned ranch hand from “Yellowstone.” Or you may know him as a terrific singer and musician. Maybe you’re a fan of his from his rodeo days. He liked to ride the nasty bulls.

Bingham started doing the “Cantina Sessions” in March, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. He’s entertaining all his fans, who see him on TV or hear him on the radio, by doing the sessions. He learns a song, plays it, then posts it on Youtube for fans to listen.

On Thursday, he posted Cantina Video No. 80. He’s singing and playing the guitar to “Where The Streets Have No Name.”

More About “Where The Streets Have No Name”

Bingham picked a classic. International rock group U2 recorded “Where The Streets Have No Name” in 1987. Bono sang and The Edge opened the song with his exquisite guitar stylings.

Bono loves to use his music to bring attention to the world’s biggest plights. He’s done that his entire career. In “Where The Streets Have No Name,” Bono wrote about the religious conflict between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. The conflict was ripping apart Bono’s beloved homeland, particularly in Belfast.

Bono’s premise in the song was you can tell a person’s religion based on the street where they lived.

The song was featured on U2″s “Joshua Tree” album. It was the third single released off of it. It peaked at No. 13 in the United States.

The music video was interesting. It wasn’t about Belfast. Rather, it was set in a blighted neighborhood. U2 filmed video from the top of a one-story building in downtown Los Angeles. Specifically, the building was a liquor store at 7th and Main. It won a Grammy.

Why Does Ryan Bingham Continue to Sing Cantina Sessions?

Bingham picked quite the song. Then again, we know he’s a terrific singer/songwriter. Last time out, he chose a song from rock legend Bob Dylan. Bingham’s Cantina Sessions also feature his favorites with music from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard and Tom Petty.

Earlier in the fall, Bingham told PopCulture that he wanted to help people with these songs. Plus, he kept busy learning new music.

“Well, I feel like I kind of wrote myself into that. It was an accident,” Bingham told PopCulture. “I was sitting around and just kind of not being able to go anywhere or play anywhere… was just kind of wondering what I could do for people, how I could contribute or maybe bring some joy into someone’s day… I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just put a couple of songs up and see if people want to hear them.’ And then people just really started getting into it and then I felt kind of obligated to do it every day. And I’m like, ‘Oh man, what’d I get myself into?’

We all like what Bingham got himself into, so more, please.