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Scott H. Biram
The Dirty Old One Man BAnd
Bloodshot Records
www.bloodshotrecords.com


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".

-j. sipes

Track Listing:
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?
7. Whiskey
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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