Scott H. Biram’s upcoming Bloodshot release, Graveyard Shift, turned me off right from the start. The album art is atrocious, it’s graphically ugly as well as featuring a picture of fresh roadkill. On top of that there’s a little star shaped banner that says “This record sounds best when turned up loud.” I hate to see that on cds as it usually implies hard rock/metal/noise core stuff. So with much trepidation and my faith in Bloodshot Records wavering I slid the disc into my player.
I was surprised by the sounds emanating from my speakers. Instead of loud obnoxious rock I got an echoey one-man-band folk/blues. Scott H. Biram is a one man band who practically lives on the road. He comments on life on the road, sinning, finding jesus and the loss of his best friend. I highly recommend this disc. Pre-order Graveyard Shift here.
Here’s a couple bands that slipped through the cracks and deserve a full post but will only get this abbreviated one. Check em out nonetheless.
Leaving Tx is a Washington DC based alt-country band. They’ve done a great job of getting the word out on their self released debut.
Blake Thomas and the Downtown Bunch are one of Madison’s favorite unsigned bands. They are nearing the end of recording their debut record at Butch Vigs studio. What I like about about alt-country or americana (or call it what you will) is that bands from any part of the country with very divergent means and mesages can filter their sound through this template (altering it at will due to regional differences and available insruments).
Tom Russell is the perfect person to wax poetic about boxing. He’s as literate as a short story writer and has a voice suited to historical folk. This new song is from his 2006 disc Love and Fear.