Scott H. Biram
The Bad Testament
A darker, more introspective version of his one man band prowess, Texas bluesman Scott H. Biram still embodies all the genuineness of honky tonk, outlaw country and punk, though this time the softer acoustic songs make the bulk of the album. Don’t be mistaken, though, as Biram’s road worn voice gets rowdy and the waters turbulent on occasion, but the swampy Americana moments where lo-fi folk and mild country anthems that nearly get spiritual are the heart of this masterpiece. Recorded in a DIY fashion, and sounding like it too, with a spontaneous feel, imagine a rural version of Lemmy who grew up on both Hank Williams III and Lucero, and match it with the type of forthright songwriting that fills a perfect album.