Last time I saw Scott H. Biram play his blistering must-see show, it was in Missoula, and some kid who didn't know how to handle his liquor decided to throw a beer bottle. Or maybe it was a glass. At any rate, it knocked into Biram's guitar neck right near his fingers. I even saw the kid wind up for the shot, take it and then walk out the door. I was pissed at myself for not tackling him like a super heroine. No need. Biram stood up and ran after him with the whole Palace crowd right behind like a bunch of vigilantes. The dumb kid was long gone. Maybe it was good—for him and the rest of us—he was never caught. Instead, Biram yelled, "Let's go back inside and have a fucking good time." And we did.
Undeterred, Biram returns this week with his swampy, Southern-rock blues, "dirty old one-man-band" sound. The Austin musician recently had two songs featured on "Sons of Anarchy" and he released his newest album Bad Ingredients last month. It's a gale of gritty tunes cooked with sweet twang, raw blues, rockin' licks and snarly vocals. On "Hang Your Head and Cry" he yells, "Here comes the wind!" Yep. You better watch out, kid.
Scott H. Biram plays the Palace Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 PM with Joe Buck and Molly Gene One Whoaman Band. $10.