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Two-man bands like the Black Keys have made a lot of noise in the past few years, but Scott H. Biram got twice the cri de couer with half the personnel. He fearlessly preaches his gospel of blues, punk, country, metal and psychobilly to his congregation of metalheads, barflies, college professors and regular dudes via a pulpit that is just a stack of amps, a ’59 hollow body Gibson and a stomp board.

Biram traffics in Combat Blues. Don’t be fooled by the whiskey and chicken antics, SHB has become a pre-eminent bluesman for the 21st century; when he gets locked in, when that groove is hooked, there are few better pure country blues artists out there. It’s alternately hypnotic and harrowing.

Biram will still the room with haunting and sparse West Texas blues and then turn it upside down, into a truck driver’s mosh pit. Like he sez, it might be baptism, or it might be a murder. Biram ain’t no candy-ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways. The remainder of this one-man band consists of an unwieldy combination of beat-up amplifiers and old microphones strung together by a tangled mess of guitar cables.

Hard rock band, Nashville Pussy covered his song “Raisin Hell Again” and Hank Williams III covered Biram’s song, “Truckdriver”. Biram also appears as a guest vocalist on “The White Trash Song” featured on southern rocker, Shooter Jenning’s 2013 release, “The Other Life”. Biram appeared with Jennings as musical guest on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2013. Biram’s music has been featured in many American television shows, documentaries and films such as Sons of Anarchy, Dog the Bounty Hunter, My Name is Earl, The Darwin Awards, The Folk Singer, Seven Signs: Music, Myth & the American South to name a few.

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