How does one even start to review a Scott H. Biram album?
Biram is truly one of those acts that you have to experience to
understand. No amount of comparing him to this band or comparing
him to that band is going to even come close to cutting it, especially
since there really are not that many one man bands to compare
him to. He is unique and yet so unfucking believably familiar.
Even while experiencing this man live and loud, it is sometimes
still difficult for some to grasp, and for those who will never
get it, there is just nothing that can be said.
Having first been exposed to Scott H. Biram at a Hank III
show in Ft. Collins Colorado, and subsequently attempting to attend
every possible Biram show since, including one in Austin, there
was a lot that The Dirty Old One Man Band album was going
to have to live up to. Biram's live shows are all about character,
energy, noise, and more character, and it was questionable as
to whether or not that would translate well onto a recorded album.
And while there are a couple songs on this album that are just
shy of making the grade, which is actually very impressive given
that there are 14 songs (2 live) in all, The Dirty Old One
Man Band on a whole does a good job of providing a 'Biram
fix' between shows.
The Dirty Old One Man Band is not Biram's first album,
it is actually his fourth. The first three albums were put out
by Biram himself on his own record label but it has been this
unfortunate reviewer's bad, and often inebriated, choice to never
learn and always purchase whisky and beer, rather than purchase
Scott H. Biram records - hopefully Biram can understand. The
Dirty Old One Man Band album is his first with Bloodshot Records
and is now much easier to obtain.
Personally for a punk rock skateboarder that grew up in a house
with parents that listened to country and folk, and who somehow
found himself occasionally playing and listening to the blues,
Scott H. Biram is like speed-infused opiate for the soul with
his Lefty Frizzell Black Flag Lightnin' Hopkins sound.
And yet despite his obvious influences Biram has a modern day
sweat and whisky sound all of his own. Scott H. Biram is definitely
one of today's real rebel country musicians.
This is definitely a favorite record, and one that is good
to recommend to friends if you can not get them to go to Biram's
show (chicken shits). It, is however, strongly recommended that
you never loan your copy out as it is as good as guaranteed
that it would become "lost".
1. Blood, Sweat and Murder
2. Hit The Road
3. Someday Baby
4. Wreck My Car
5. Raisin' Hell Again
6. I See the Light/ What's His Name?
8. Muleskinner Blues
9. Truck Driver
10. Sweet Thing
11. BBQ Commercial
12. Throw A Boogie/ Black Betty/ Just A Little Bit (Live)
13. Downtown Chicken (Live)
14. CB Transmissions
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