Published Jul 25, 2011In 2005, blues growler Scott H. Biram received our Mark of Excellence with his album The Dirty Old One Man Band. A few years later, we gave him another glowing review for Something's Wrong/Lost Forever. This fall, the Texas songwriter will try to make it a trifecta when he releases Bad Ingredients on October 11 via Bloodshot Records.
This new record looks to be a little more restrained than his usual ragged take on blues, punk and roots. According to a press release, the album "showcases a more mature songwriter, both lyrically and musically," and finds Biram "at his quietest." It won't be too much of a departure though -- he still apparently "raises a riot" with his "classic throat-stomping style."
Biram played almost all of the record in his usual one-man-band style, but he also recruited a saxophone player for the track "I Want My Mojo Back." The collection was recorded in Biram's home studio, and includes original material alongside covers of tunes by Lightnin' Hopkins and Bill Monroe.
In a recent message on his official website, he promised to release "cool limited edition, promotional/collector type stuff like seven-inch vinyl singles with special B-side" before the album drops. He'll also be sharing "a lot of extra single and EP kinda stuff on various websites," so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.