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Showing posts with label Scott Biram. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bloodshot Records artist - Nothin' But Blood - Scott H Biram - New Release Review

I've just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Nothin' But Blood, by Scott H. Biram and it's really cool. Opening with Slow and Easy, Biram finger picks his way through a authentic western (cowboy) sounding track with not only clever dexterity but with an authoritative voice. Gotta Get To Heaven has a springy country feel with acoustic guitar and tambourine. Country riffs are inserted on electric guitar and Biram rattles off lyrics in a rhythmic pattern. Sounding like he's playing the track just for me and possibly a small intimate crowd gives the song a real personal feel. Alcohol Blues has a rockier feel with gruff vocals. You can just hear the the track getting ready to burst through the grind of the electric guitar and amp. A one man band, overdubbed electric guitar for soloing is necessary but cool. A nicely composed bar track this is a real ass kicker. Great sound. Never Comin' Home is a sweet ballad with traditional style country guitar playing. Biram had a very cool voice and it is nicely showcase along with his painterly lyrical writing on this track. Only Whiskey has a punky sound not unlike a blend of the Pixies and the White Stripes or a light version of the Dwarfs. I really like this track and regardless of the comparison, this track sounds extremely fresh. Jack Of Diamonds is the bluesiest track so far with slide guitar (resonator) and simple percussion with hill country style vocals. A good story teller, Biram could ride this train for quite some time, keeping his slide work efficient but vibrant. I especially like his explosive attack near the end of the track. Excellent! Nam Weed is an acoustic ballad showing an introspective view of life and loneliness (not unlike Neil Young from Gold Rush era). Backdoor Man, a rework of Willie Dixon's with a twist of Doors,track is very cool with almost "Wolf" like vocals. A simple, cool blues track with rudimentary guitar work is very effective. Church Point Girls is a rowdy punky blues track with a great driving guitar riff. With a lot of edge, and over driven guitar, I love this track. Settling back into an easy country style, Biram has the release at his fingertips, controlling a mack truck like a tonka toy. Supplementing his vocals and fluid guitar work with harp, this is another very cool track. Around The Bend opens with a very primitive sound like hill country. Leading to an electric barrage of great riffs and over driven metal sounding vocals, Biram wields a lot of power with just one instrument and his own voice. Going from the simplest of tiny acoustic sounds to the most over driven...Very cool. I'd like to see this in concert! Amazing Grace is done acapella with harp. Simple and straight forward. When I Die is a simple country ballad that could garner decent airplay if pushed. Done in a country/gospel style this is nicely done. Wrapping the release is classic blues track John The Revelator. Sung in matched vocals and in spiritual style and accompanied by slide and tambourine, the track has texture and grit. A very cool conclusion to a very cool release!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 MOVES TO CLARKSDALE, MS THIS OCTOBER! SPECIAL REUNIONS FROM SOLEDAD BROS, SOUTH FILTHY & MORE!

 
DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 MOVES DOWN SOUTH TO THE CRADLE OF THE BLUES THIS OCTOBER!
 
THREE-DAY FEST IN CLARKSDALE, MS TO FEATURE SPECIAL REUNIONS FROM SOLEDAD BROTHERS & SOUTH FILTHY, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER GREAT DEEP BLUES ACTS! 
 
 
 
Seven years after Chris Johnson started his first official Deep Blues Festival in the Twin Cities, the fest organizer and owner/operator of Bayport BBQ in Bayport, MN is moving the fest to Clarksdale, MS for three days in October. 

The core of the fest will be held at Shack Up Inn's Juke Joint Chapel and will boast a wealth of talented Deep Blues artists, such as Scott H. Biram, Kenny Brown (RL Burnside's slide guitar player for 30 years), Charlie Parr, Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early, Dale Beavers, Guadalupe Plata from Spain, James Leg (aka Black Diamond Heavies' John Wesley Myers), Boogaloosa Prayer and two very special reunions shows from Soledad Brothers and South Filthy

This year's fest won't be limited to just this venue and these acts, however, as it will continue to grow right up to its October residency, with many other Clarksdale venues and blues acts to be added. These new additions will be announced over the coming months as they're confirmed. 

Johnson, a passionate fan of Deep Blues music, gives an insight on how the fest originally took root, "The first official festival was August 2007 with 18 bands. It was on a golf course driving range just outside the Twin Cities. The summer before, I had a block party in my neighborhood with Scott H. Biram and the Black Diamond Heavies performing. I had done this type of thing each summer for years, and it was Scott that suggested I rent a room and have tickets so I didn't have to pay for it all myself.  I thought that sounded like a good idea, and thought I might have a few bands and make a night of it. I wrote to 18 bands and asked if they were interested and every one replied immediately that they wanted in. I couldn't say no to anyone, so that's how we ended up with an all day event."

"I really like the opportunity to share all these outsider bands with new fans," Johnson admits. "Once people hear them, they're hooked. All these bands should be so much more popular. I think the whole world should know their music. The two reunion events of South Filthy and the Soledad Brothers this year are very special. Also, the return of Scott H. Biram to the Deep Blues Festival is very special to me personally. I consider him to be the epitome of deep blues or punk blues."

Johnson is also doing something a bit different this year, as he's asking for "benefactors" to help fund the fest with $100 donations. All benefactors will also receive perks, such as the first opportunity to reserve rooms at the Shack Up Inn, along with guaranteed admission to the late night shows at the Chapel. "We've been fortunate to have many generous fans already make these contributions," Johnson said. "I'd say we're about a third of the way there already."

"As with all of the Deep Blues Festivals, we anticipate fans and bands to join us from all over the world," Johnson said. "Hope you'll think about joining us too."
 
THU. OCT. 16 LINEUP
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FRI. OCT. 17 LINEUP
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SAT. OCT. 18 LINEUP
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ENTIRE FEST EMCEED BY DJ HWY 7
 
 
FOR MORE INFO ON THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014:
 
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT BECOMING A BENEFACTOR OF THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL CONTACT: 
Chris Johnson: bayportbbq@comcast.net
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Scott H. Biram Announces New Album “Nothin’ But Blood,” Out On 2/4/14


Scott H. Biram Announces New Album “Nothin’ But Blood,” Out On 2/4/14



Launches New Song Stream + Record Store Day 7”
For “When I Die”

"The one-man band is a tour-de-force of gutbucket guitar squabble, vocals so feral they'll make you lock your doors at night, and a live set that goes down like a cocktail of whiskey, amphetamines and black-humored despair." — LA Times

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Scott H. Biram (https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/artist/scott-h-biram) will release a new album Nothin’ But Blood on February 4, 2014. The full-length is Biram’s ninth overall album and fifth with Bloodshot Records. You can preorder the album here: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/nothin-but-blood


Paste Magazine announced the album’s release date and details, and is currently premiering an exclusive track from the forthcoming album, “When I Die.” The song will also be available in physical form as an exclusive 7” vinyl release (b/w “John The Revelator”) for Record Store Day on November 29th.  You can preorder the 7” here: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/when-i-die-7-single

Listen to “When I Die”:

Nothin’ But Blood was recorded at Biram’s home studio and Cacophony Studios in Austin, TX – the first time he recorded at an outside facility in several releases. The album features The Dirty Old One Man Band’s distinct songwriting cocktail, encompassing a penchant for sludge metal, the raw sucker punch of punk rock, profound truths of sentimental acoustic blues and country, the cleansing power of gospel hymns and spiritual ballads, and folk tales from the early 20th century.

When you boil it all down in a simmering cauldron, Nothin’ But Blood is storytelling about wrongdoing and redemption. Scott H. Biram’s music is from the soul, for the soul, of the soul – and with this album, the spiritual buckshot lodges deeper than ever.

In support of the new album, Scott will be touring nationwide in February and March with Larry and His Flask, with details to be announced soon.


Nothin’ But Blood track listing:
1. Slow & Easy
2. Gotta Get To Heaven
3. Alcohol Blues
4. Never Comin’ Home
5. Only Whiskey
6. Jack of Diamonds
7. Nam Weed
8. Backdoor Man
9. Chuch Point Girls
10. I’m Troubled
11. Around The Bend
Gospel bonus tracks:
12. Amazing Grace
13. When I Die
14. John The Revelator (featuring Jesse Vain)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Look out! because Bloodshot artists Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless are touring together in 2012. FREE DOWNLOADS

The aptly titled Bad Machine Tour follows the release of outstanding new albums in Biram’s Bad Ingredients and Loveless’ Indestructible Machine and brings together two genre-defining voices, as well as Bloodshot Records label mates.

The perfect bluesman for the 21st century, Biram filters classic American roots music through metal, hardcore and plenty of whiskey, resulting in a sound as unique as it is awesome. – Metromix, on Scott

She conveys toughness, tenderness and humor with off-handed conviction… these are songs that signal a major new voice blowing into the country-punk dives and honky-tonks. Chicago Tribune, on Lydia

The Bad Machine Tour begins in Dallas, TX on January 26 and circles around the Southeastern US before looping back to Houston, Texas (venue to be announced) two weeks later. Full tour dates and ticket links are below.


Bad Machine 2012 Tour
1/26/2012
Dallas
TX
1/27/2012
Hot Springs National Park
AR
1/28/2012
Memphis
TN
1/30/2012
Atlanta
GA
1/31/2012
Knoxville
TN
2/1/2012
Asheville
NC
2/2/2012
Charlotte
NC
2/3/2012
Savannah
GA
2/4/2012
Orlando
FL
2/6/2012
Fort Lauderdale
FL
2/7/2012
Tampa
FL
2/9/2012
Mobile
AL
2/10/2012
New Orleans
LA
2/11/2012
Lake Charles
LA
2/12/2012
TBA
Houston
TX


In celebration of the tour announcement, Scott and Lydia are offering a new FREE MP3s from their respective albums. Both are linked below, feel free to download/share/repost the tracks at will.

*Lydia Loveless “Learn To Say No” (from Indestructible Machine) – DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE

*Scott H. Biram “I Want My Mojo Back” (from Bad Ingredients) – DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE

Or both together via Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/bloodshot-records/sets/mp3s-2

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bloodshot Records new release by Scott Biram- Bad Ingredients - Review


I just received the new Scott Biram release "Bad Ingredients". This is a way cool release. It has a little bit of everything. Lets say take a blues tune, give it a lot of attitude, I mean maybe even punk it up a bit, but keep it gritty, keep the blues down and dirty, and get some real tube distortion and lay that out with your original flair and you got a good description of this new deal. This new 13 track release will certainly get you somewhere you haven't been. have a good time.

Bman
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