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Scott H. Biram + Adrian + Meredith

Presented by Archie Fox Live

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Scott H. Biram, a proud Texan raised on the outskirts of Austin, is a  maverick in the tradition of Doug Sahm, Roky Erickson (13th Floor  Elevators) and Gibby Haines (Butthole Surfers). Shortly after  releasing his third record (2003’s Lo-Fi Mojo), the 28-year-old’s life  was nearly cut short after a near-fatal head-on collision with a big rig semi. He was still bedridden when he made his Rehabilitation  Blues EP, the predecessor to his 2005 debut for Bloodshot Records,  The Dirty Old One Man Band

Flash forward to 2022. After almost thirty years of tirelessly writing,  recording and touring the front and backroads of America as a solo  bluesman, collecting a wide array of critical accolades, Biram found  himself suddenly stopped cold by the pandemic. Once again, unwilling to allow outsized forces slow him down, he took  advantage of the shutdown to write, record and produce nine new  songs and two traditional covers for his new album, The One & Only  Scott H. Biram, his 13th overall and 9th for Bloodshot Records.  

“I’m constantly trying to go back to the junky, lo-fi sounds of my  early records,” says Biram. “But it’s harder to do now. The more you  learn about production, the harder it is to convey that genuine  unproduced feeling. I have to compromise between overproduced  and lo-fi, so it sounds pro, but still keeps that grittiness.” 

“I tend to be all over the place. My brain’s restless. If something  interests me, I’ll write a song about it. I have a kinda rootsy, blue  collar approach with blues, country and folk, but I always throw in 

some of my heavier influences from metal and hard rock. I consider  myself a singer and guitarist, above everything else.” 

The music on The One and Only Scott H. Biram has the down home,  in-your-face feel that Biram is noted for. “No Man’s Land” opens  with a blues turnaround played on a twanging electric guitar,  backed by a stomping bass and drum backbeat. Biram growls out a  lyric, describing the hazards of growing up poor in a small Texas  town, breathing the fumes from oil wells and brush fires. “I was  remembering a bumper sticker I saw as a kid that said, ‘Oil Field  Trash and Proud of It!’” 

“My music has a lot of aggression to it. I express myself without  holding back. If you mixed Muddy Waters, Bill Monroe, Jerry Reed,  and Black Flag, you’d have a good idea of my sound. It’s punk, blues,  country, metal, bluegrass and dirty.” 

“Inside a Bar” captures the feel of an empty saloon on a slow  Monday night. It’s a straight-forward country blues, with an  understated vocal, intensified by an impressive solo, that mimics the  tones of a pedal steel guitar. “I was going for the sound of loneliness  and alcoholism colliding.” 

Other notable tracks include “Sinner’s Dinner,” a rootsy rock tune  that gives us Biram’s take on the riot of January 6; “Dig a Hole/Big  Liar,” a Chicago blues track with a shredding electric guitar solo that  zooms from speaker to speaker; a down and dirty southern gospel  style take on Leadbelly’s “Easy Rider,” with a funky rhythm and  background whoops and hollers that suggest the reactions of a  packed Baptist tent revival, and an acoustic take on “Death Has No  Mercy,” the blues standard made popular by the Rev. Gary Davis. ; 

The most unexpected sound is “InterTransmissions,” a short jarring  burst of noise, feedback and sound effects. “I loved the Butthole 

Surfers and a lot of psychedelic music when I was comin’ up,” Biram  says. “I wanted to lean into that and add some color to the album. I  don’t think I’ll ever actually do it on stage, unless I’m just pushing a  button on a sampler. Excessive loops and samples are not really my  go-to style.” 

The songs on the album deal with mortality, romance, religion,  drinking and memories of the past, but it’s difficult to identify an  overarching theme. “I studied art in college, so I think of my albums  as collages. I grew up playing in punk, metal, blues, country and  bluegrass bands, so I throw in a bunch of stuff to see what resonates.  I’ll follow a heavy blues tune with a tender love song, just the way  life is, no one theme. I’m not tryna write a rock opera. Most of the  time, I’m just getting’ shit off my chest.”   

Biram’s albums and EPs are a separate entity from the sound he gets  on stage. “I have a wall of speakers behind me, a big subwoofer, old  beat up hollow-body guitars, harmonicas, and an amplified stomp  board to provide a heavy back beat. I sing in several different kinds  of voices and my solid sound really fills the room. I don’t use loops  but, in the studio, I sometimes overdub bass, guitar, drums,  tambourine and percussion. Other times, I dumb it down and just do  what I do on stage.” 

Biram grew up in San Marcos, Texas. “My dad played sax a little bit  around the house. My uncles played guitar together in a band. There  were always guitars and pianos around. I messed around with ‘em,  but didn’t get serious about playing and songwriting until high  school. I sang and wrote lyrics in a punk-metal band. We played in  local bars for free beer, and any attention we could get from the  local chicks. That was cool enough for us back then.  

“My dad turned me on to Doc Watson and Leadbelly early on. I  inherited my great-grandfather’s banjo when I was 19, and I started 

doing solo acoustic shows on the side. All that while I was still  rockin’ out in the punk band. Those acoustic shows morphed into a  bluegrass band, but I still did solo stuff on the side, stomping my foot  on the floor and developing a more aggressive guitar approach.  Sometime around 2000, I realized I could consolidate the folk roots  with my heavier stuff and offer something that was truly my own.  The Scott H. Biram One Man Band was born.” 

“I never liked being called a singer/songwriter,” says Biram, “but  those are some of my best qualities. I don’t want people to think I’m  a ‘fool on a stool,’ which is what I imagine comes into people’s heads  when they hear ‘singer/songwriter.’  I try to steer clear of that, when  I can.” 

With The One & Only Scott H. Biram, the singer once again proves  himself to be an unstoppable force, refusing to bow in the face of  outside challenges and demonstrating a unique ability to live up to  the traditions of rough-hewn, individualistic Texas-born music. He  looks forward to returning to tour the highways and byways of  America throughout 2024.

Food & Bar: Our full food and drink menu will be available before and during the show.

 

Date: Saturday, April 13

Time: 9:00 pm

Doors Open: 8:00 pm