Singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “Dirty Old One-Man Band” Scott H. Biram typically bangs the hell out of his beat-up Gibson and stomps the floor to keep time; it’s a throwback to the old juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, but Biram’s ramshackle, pissed-off take on the form resembles an acoustic Royal Trux (if Neil Hagerty liked meth instead of dope) more than any real country bluesmen. Boom Box caught up with him somewhere between Baton Rouge, La., and Memphis to discuss what he’s been listening to on the road.
Merle Haggard and Muddy Waters
I’ve been listening to a lot of Merle Haggard, and Muddy’s always up there.
He’s that dude who did “Lookin’ for Love”—you know, “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.” He didn’t do very much else. He had another song called “Cherokee Fiddle” that I think was also on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. It’s just ’cause I get so sick of listening to the same stuff all the time.
Sleep, Dopesmoker (Tee Pee Records, 2003)
I’ve been listening to a lot of Sleep and High on Fire. This one’s one hour-long song. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to the whole thing.