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Graveyard Shift

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Been Down Too Long
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No Way
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Graveyard Shift
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Lost Case of Being Found
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Only Jesus
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Goin' Home
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18 Wheeler Fever
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Plow You Under
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Work
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Long Fingernail
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Reefer Load
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Have No Fun
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Santa Fe
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Church Babies
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 45:32

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Scott H. Biram, Graveyard Shift
Label: Bloodshot Records

It's no accident that the word "graveyard" is in the title of the second record by Austin's Scott H. Biram. The songs are stark and spooky, shot through with death and as ominous as a nasty eulogy. Biram's got no need for niceties like strings and horns — or even a drum kit. His songs are deep-fried and ruthlessly minimal (most tracks feature little beyond Biram's yowling vocals and a single grimy guitar). But his… read more »

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Another E-Music Classic Find...

ottawafan

Check out "Lost Case of Being Found" and "Long Fingernail". Not only is the pickin' and the guitar awesome but the lyrics are unique and anything but pedestrian.

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18 Wheeler Fever

airconditionedgypsy

"18 Wheeler Fever" has to be the greatest truckin' tune to come out in a long time. Scott's brokedown mix of blues, country, and rock is awesome. This guy has the goods. Check out the spooky, "Long Fingernail." Tales of the devil, heartbreak, and the road. Highly recommended...

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Great tracks

hbums

This album is raw and gritty. It is another great one by Scott. He is a one man show from central Texas that plays his guitar and sings his heart out. He apparently received a bad review in Pitchfork (I don't always agree with Pitchfork myself) and in his letter in reply he described his influences as "Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Son House, Bill Monroe, Black Flag, Woody Guthrie, ACDC, Howlin' Wolf, Alan Lomax, Mance Lipscomb, Big Joe Williams, George Jones, Lefty Frizzel." That should give you an idea of what he is about.

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Why did he put this album up?

Brue

To take your fuckin money! Scott H. kicks it hard with his low tech one man set up. If you have read a Joe Lansdale East Texas Novel...Scott H. Biram make a good sountrack.

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Download This!

ElDangeroso

Dirty blues/rock/hillbilly music. Do you really need to read more? This album is a must have.

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Scott H. Biram has a sound as gritty as sandpaper. The one-man band owns his own style, which meshes the raw muddiness of blues, the rowdiness and down-to-earth simplicity of country, and the mutiny of punk. And with all this variety existing in nearly every song on Graveyard Shift, no two songs sound exactly alike. In fact, most of them are so starkly different from the next that it’s hard to believe it’s the same album. The title track is a raucous, messy punk-blues fusion and it yields to “Lost Case of Being Found,” a mellow alt-country toe-tapper. The rest of the album follows suit, rebelliously howling and meandering through heartsick ballads, highway songs, and salutes to inebriation. Graveyard Shift is all over the place, but it’s never chaotic. It makes perfect sense. No matter how different each song might or might not be from the next, Biram’s soulful presence and gritty vocals tie everything together. It’s tempting to try to compare Biram to other artists, in order to help describe such a unique musician. In Biram’s case, comparisons are simply too vague. Though while listening to Graveyard Shift, one will likely be reminded of certain artists as unique as Biram (though he is a one-man band, which is exceedingly rare). His eclectic eccentricity is reminiscent of Beck; many of his songs are punked-out neo-traditionalist country — something he and Hank Williams III have in common; and the unprocessed blues riffs and unique rhythm that occupies much of his sound could stand up to a more intoxicated Lightnin’ Hopkins. Biram’s unique blend of his own attitude and a variety of musical styles make him accessible to all types of music aficionados. Biram’s high-energy live performances are said to be the only way to truly experience his music, but Graveyard Shift will give you an idea of the unique brilliance you’ve been missing. – Megan Frye

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