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Scott H. Biram

Graveyard Shift – 2006 (Bloodshot)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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Shortly into this CD, Scott H. Biram confesses, "I gotta keep singin' these Goddamn songs." While others laugh to keep from crying, Biram sings non-stop, presumably, to prevent a nervous breakdown. He's also a control freak about making his music and is credited with singing all lead and harmony vocals, playing various keyboards and guitars, as well as incorporating CB radio, Bible thump, and breathing - whatever all these listings mean. Yep, this is all Biram, all the time, except for Ethan Shaw's pedal steel on "18 Wheeler Fever."

He's quite the ghoulish sort, too. On the rocking title track, he refers to himself as, "a death dealin' creep in a white trash town," before admitting that the "Graveyard shift is the one I like." This release is more country-inspired than true country music, as Biram comes off like a latter day, hearty partying Hank Williams, Jr., rather than a mainstream country song man. Nevertheless, "Lost Case of Being Found" is actually a straight forward, acoustic guitar strummer. During "Church Babies," Biram invites his fans to join The Church of The Ultimate Fanaticism, leaving the sneaky suspicion that Biram is looking for men and woman just as crazy as he is.