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Sunday, July 26, 2009

7/28: Scott H. Biram at the Grog Shop

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Listen to Scott H. Biram’s albums, and it’s easy to imagine him busking on a street corner. His latest — the ragged but right Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever — sounds like it was recorded live on a tape deck in a back alley. But it’s the perfect way to capture Biram’s brand of gutbucket blues, backwoods country and revved-up rockabilly. A one-man band, Biram pounds out his songs on a 1959 Gibson hollow body guitar, an electric stomp board, harmonica and whatever else he has handy. Biram is something of a wandering troubadour, chasing hellhounds down lost Americana highways. In fact, the road nearly got the best of him in 2003, when his truck collided with a semi. This near-death experience might account for his devil-may-care attitude. His raucous tunes draw upon old bluesmen like Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins and country icons like Hank Williams (check out his terrific tears-in-his-beer weeper “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue” on Lost Forever). But it’s all filtered through raw punk and unreconstructed rock ’n’ roll, making him akin to Hank III’s hellbilly music more heavily dosed in the blues. Biram will take you on a wild ride through twisted roots music that you won’t soon forget. The Not So Good Ol’ Boys open at 8 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. — Michael Berick

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