Scott H. Biram: “Just Another River”
Scott H. Biram is a one-man band with a wall of speakers. His fiery songs blur the lines between country, blues and hard rock. Biram himself has trouble pinning down what he plays. “I don’t have a word for it, so I tell people I’m a cross between Jerry Reed, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters and Black Flag,” Biram told KUT’s Jay Trachtenberg in a recent visit to Studio 1A. Whatever you call it, Biram plays with passion.
The Texas-born Biram grew up on the blues, but played in a punk band called The Thangs in high school and college. He took on bluegrass in two pre-solo bands Scott Biram & the Salt Peter Boys and Bluegrass Drive-By. In the late 90s, Biram struck out on his own, with just a guitar and an amplified stomp board for percussion. In 2003, Biram showed some true grit. He played a show at the Continental Club one month after being hit head-on by an 18-wheeler, his body still broken and a snaking IV still attached.
Last month Biram released his fifth record Bad Ingredients. It’s an incendiary record full of sandpapery blues and rock as only Biram can deliver. Today’s song of the day comes from Biram’s performance of the album’s lead track “Just Another River” live in Studio 1A. If you didn’t get a chance to hear the whole set, don’t worry, you’ll get a chance to see Biram tomorrow at the Mohawk.