We asked Scott H. Biram who is top 5 influences were and here’s what he said…
Scott H. Biram’s Top 5 Influences
It’s hard to say who my true top 5 are since I have so many influences across so many genres but for the sake of this particular article I’ll give it my best shot! Here goes in no particular order….
1. Lightnin’ Hopkins
Motherfucker was a bad ass and still is after death as far as I’m concerned. Every time I listen I learn something new and I’ve been listening for 40 years! The first time I remember going to a record store when I was around 2 years old, I remember my dad picking up a Lightnin’ Hopkins record. My folks had a fire a couple years ago and my dad’s records got destroyed by all the water. It was a sad day to see that old record cover all bent up and on top of the trash. Lightnin’ was the coolest dude ever. Sounds so simple but he’s impossible to copy. A couple years ago, I dreamed I was his handler at a blues festival. I was leading him around and he was really drunk. I remember waking up and feeling like I really met Lightnin’. That was awesome.
2. Doc Watson
I learned all my flat pickin’ style from listening to Doc. I was fortunate enough to see him play about 4-5 times through out my life. He passed away a couple years back and it broke my heart. The first time I saw him play live was when he was still playing with his now deceased son, Merle, at The Armadillo World Headquarters here in Austin, TX around 1980. The Armadillo was a famous place where EVERYBODY played. They tore it down around ’81. It’s the first place AC/DC played in North America. Anyway, Doc was an amazing blind bluegrass guitar player. I spent most of my twenties trying to pick like him. Yeah fat chance there! I’m still trying to figure out to play fuckin’ “Black Mountain Rag” and “Windy & Warm” the right way! After 20 years I probably never will.
3. Greg Ginn and Black Flag
I get most of my messy, loud, out of control rock guitar style from listening to old Black Flag records. Greg Ginn’s out of the box playing has given me the confidence that I don’t have to be perfect, and that I really shouldn’t try to be perfect, in my delivery of guitar solos. The real emotion bleeds through when you let it go and just bend the fucker until you find the note that says “That’s the fucking one I’m trying to play.”
4. Old Metallica…
and when I say old I mean everything up through …and Justice for All. After that suck a dick. I wouldn’t know how to play guitar if it wasn’t for trying to play all those old riffs like “Jump In The Fire” and intros like …And Justice For All. I still jam those old records all the time. Hetfield is actually who made me think I could play and sing at the same time. I was like “If he can do it, so can I.” Glad I tried to sing and play something other than “Take It Easy” by the Eagles. heh.
5. Townes Van Zandt
One of the best songwriters in the world. A lot of people say songwriting is poetry and a lot of the time it’s just not really true. In Townes’ case it IS really true though. I’ve cried listening to some of his songs and I cried through the entire movie about his life. I was very fortunate to see him in a very intimate setting at Cactus Cafe in Austin a couple times and I’m so glad I was able to. There’s nothing I can say to describe what it is about his songwriting that moves me so much. I guess I just relate to the darkness and melancholy that comes with his music. When it comes to my songs that are more from the heart and less about the characters in my head, I think they’re coming from a place that’s close to where Townes was coming from. One of the only times I’ve ever been really star struck was standing next to Townes. He really moved me. Again with the crying….The day he died, I cried all day long. He’s the only artist that’s ever done that to me.
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European Tour Dates:
9/4 Vienna, AT – Shelter
9/5 Wels, AT – Alter Schl8hof
9/6 Bern, CH – Cafe Kairo
9/7 Le Locle, CH – Le Lux
9/8 Zurich, CH – El Lokal
9/14 Montpellier, FR – Secret Place
9/15 Barcelona, ES – Rocksound
9/16 Zaragoza, ES – La Ley Seca
9/17 Valencia, ES – Loco Club
9/18 Madrid, ES – Boite Live
9/24 Utrecht, NL – Kagadoor
9/28 Drachten, NL – Iduna
9/30 Nurnberg, DE – Kuenstlerhaus K4
10/2 Darmstadt, DE – Bessunger Knabenschule
10/5 Berlin, DE – Cortina Bob
11/1 Clarksdale, MS – Juke Joint Chapel at Shack Up Inn – Clarksdale Deep Blues Fest
11/7-9 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest