Scott H. Biram
, a proud Texan raised on the outskirts of Austin, is a
maverick in the tradition of Doug Sahm, Roky Erickson (13th Floor
Elevators) and Gibby Haines (Butthole Surfers). Shortly after
releasing his third record (2003’s Lo-Fi Mojo), the 28-year-old’s life
was nearly cut short after a near-fatal head-on collision with a big
rig semi. He was still bedridden when he made his Rehabilitation
Blues EP, the predecessor to his 2005 debut for Bloodshot Records,
The Dirty Old One Man Band.
Biram grew up in San Marcos, Texas. “My dad played sax a little bit
around the house. My uncles played guitar together in a band. There
were always guitars and pianos around. I messed around with ‘em,
but didn’t get serious about playing and songwriting until high
school. I sang and wrote lyrics in a punk-metal band. We played in
local bars for free beer, and any attention we could get from the
local chicks. That was cool enough for us back then.
“My dad turned me on to Doc Watson and Leadbelly early on. I
inherited my great-grandfather’s banjo when I was 19, and I started
doing solo acoustic shows on the side. All that while I was still
rockin’ out in the punk band. Those acoustic shows morphed into a
bluegrass band, but I still did solo stuff on the side, stomping my foot
on the floor and developing a more aggressive guitar approach.
Sometime around 2000, I realized I could consolidate the folk roots
with my heavier stuff and offer something that was truly my own.
The Scott H. Biram One Man Band was born.”
“I never liked being called a singer/songwriter,” says Biram, “but
those are some of my best qualities. I don’t want people to think I’m
a ‘fool on a stool,’ which is what I imagine comes into people’s heads
when they hear ‘singer/songwriter.’ I try to steer clear of that, when
With The One & Only Scott H. Biram, the singer once again proves
himself to be an unstoppable force, refusing to bow in the face of
outside challenges and demonstrating a unique ability to live up to
the traditions of rough-hewn, individualistic Texas-born music. He
looks forward to returning to tour the highways and byways of
America throughout 2024.