Scott H. Biram – Bad Ingredients

January 01, 1970



Scott H. Biram’s never been the type of guy you’d want to
encounter in a back alley. Then again, that fearsome image is just that… an
image. Truth be told, he’d probably offer to buy you a brew and sing you some
blues, albeit of the roughshod variety. Being that he’s a one-man band known
for his gritty delivery and a barrage of blistering guitar, sweetness and
sentiment aren’t the initial impressions that come to mind whenever Biram’s
name comes to mind.


Nevertheless, Bad
isn’t nearly as irascible as its title suggests. Although Biram
approaches his blues and boogie mash-ups with a rocker’s edge – the renegade
spirits of Jimi Hendrix and the late Rory Gallagher are summoned throughout –
that ire and urgency can also be linked to the original sources, authentic
masters like Howlin’ Wolf, Lightening Hopkins and Muddy Waters. That’s evident
in the ferocious growl and slapdash boogie of songs such as “Born In Jail” and
“Black Creek Risin'” or the assertive stomp of “Wind Up Blind.” And “Hang Your
Head & Cry.” Ironically, while his stripped-down bluster reflects the
spirited revelry of old, original field recordings – notably, only two of the
tracks, Bill Monroe’s “Memories of You Sweetheart” and Slim Hopkins’ “Have You
Ever Loved a Woman?” are actually covers – Biram’s solo send-ups don’t come
across as anything near austere.


He’s a vibrant and, indeed, impassioned performer and Bad Ingredients is filled with enough
passion and conviction to spark an entire orchestra. And a rousing ensemble at


in Jail,” “Wind Up Blind” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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