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Scott H. Biram
Graveyard Shift
Bloodshot Records
www.bloodshotrecords.com


Scott H. Biram is THE man when it comes to introducing my aging punk rock friends to how un-fucking believably cool real country and blues music can be. Usually it doesn't take too many tracks of Biram's unique hillbilly punk rock blues to convert even the most devout of hardcore fans. Whether it is the pure primal energy or the sometimes sick and twisted nature of the songs Biram presents in his distinctive shove it down your throat kind of way, there is something that everyone can relate to.

In his latest record Graveyard Shift, Biram's second release with Bloodshot Records, we find a more polished and better produced album than some of his earlier works. At least as polished as one can get the country rock gospel blues noise of this one man band. The grit and grime that we have come to know and love Biram for is still there, it now just has more contrast. The other characteristic of this album that seemed to differ from most of Biram's other previous albums would have to be more prominent use of the old country gospel sound. Don't let that put you off though, when Biram does the gospel thing, it's good... it's really good.

As I always mention when reviewing a Biram record, it just doesn't compare to seeing the man live. You almost can not believe that much noise and energy is coming from one many until you have seen it with your own eyes. And while the album is excellent, they still haven't managed to capture what it is to see a Scott H. Biram show live, yet (and I doubt they ever will).

-j. sipes

Track Listing:
1. Been Down Too Long
2. No Way
3. Graveyard Shift
4. Lost Case of Being Found
5. Only Jesus
6. Goin' Home
7. 18 Wheeler Fever
8. Plow You Under
9. Work
10. Long Fingernail
11. Reefer Load
12. Have No Fun
13. Santa Fe
14. Church Babies


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