So, if I asked you to mix me up a modern day bluesman what ingredients would you use? If you were mixing up a bluesman like Scott H. Biram, it would be a complicated mix. Everything about this show put on by the Firebird was a complicated mix. Hipsters. Cowboys. Blues fans. And folks that looked like former pro wrestlers were all in attendance. Even Mr. Biram’s set list was a complicated mix consisting of Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Old School Country, Larry the Cable Guy, and tall cans of Guinness. Biram’s body of work is huge including songs that are featured in the TV shows Sons of Anarchy, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and the motion picture, The Darwin Awards. Mr. Biram has also been included in six documentary films and had songs recorded by Hank Williams III and Shooter Jennings.
The Busch and Natty Light 2x4s were flowing freely as the highly capable opening act Fat Tramp Food Stamp took to the stage. As if the beer was not enough of a propellant, Fat Tramp threw out some heavy metal howls blended with country twang to set the mood for one of the rowdiest shows I have attended in recent memory. After a proper priming by the men of Fat Tramp, it was time for the main event, Scott H. Biram. Mr. Biram’s stage has a minimal setup: a couple amps, a stool, microphone, bullhorn, effects rack, and a road case containing some beat up guitars. Biram could be the true definition of a modern day traveling minstrel show. When Biram shoots his vintage, large-bodied, acoustic Gibson guitars through the effects and amplification, something magical happens to the music known as the Blues. This was Scott’s first visit to St. Louis in almost three years.
Throughout the night, I heard the words “I remember the last time he was in town”. Those words are a real compliment in this current era of music. Scott had the crowd entranced with his take on songs by Doc Watson, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Martin. He also performed songs from his latest effort Bad Ingredients. A booze-fueled audience member took his 15 minutes of fame by sitting on the front of the stage until he was kindly asked to move by a large gentleman in a straw cowboy hat. The rowdiness of this crowd sustained during Biram’s one-hour and forty-minute set. Biram proved himself to be an all-around entertainer with jokes, stories, and top-notch guitar playing. I always find it amazing how fast the time goes when I am truly enjoying a show, such as this. As the show ends, I make my way over to meet Mr. Biram and thank him for allowing MTC access to his world. While walking over to do some gripping and grinning, I notice the floor of the Firebird. It was littered with unidentifiable liquids and empty beer cans. Just a couple of more items that are added to this list of Bad Ingredients that make up Scott H. Biram. Pictures of the show are below:
Scott H. Biram / Fat Tramp Food Stamp @ the Firebird, St. Louis, MO Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 1:16:00 PM Rating: