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Belated Show Reports: Scott H. Biram, Cedric Burnside, Todd Snider, The Fox Hunt/Demon Beat, Jason Isbell

I’m way behind on these and just thought I would do a quick blurb about each one:

Scott H. Biram @ Martin’s Downtown – Roanoke, VA 11/13/10
This show here had to be one of the best I’ve seen, and I’ve seen some killer shows recently. The one thing that struck me about Scott, talking with him before and after the show, was how genuinely happy he was to be there doing his thing. He was just having a blast doing what he does, and man let me tell what he does is something to behold. If you ever get a chance to see him live…DO IT! do not miss him when he comes to your area. Unless you hate yourself and hate good music and hate highly energetic performances. I would say the highlight of the show for me, was when he made his guitar do some crazy feedback, set the guitar on it’s stand, left the stage to go take a piss…guitar still blaring….returned, picked it up and started right into the next song. Bad. Ass.

No vids of the show (well I did take some crappy vids with my cell but you don’t want to see that, I still need to replace that infamous camera lost at the McMurtry show), but this vid I found online of him doing Muddy Water’s classic “Can’t Be Satisfied” is the closest approximation of what I experienced that night, when he did this song it blew me away…so good, check it out: (embedding seems to be effed, so click here)

Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm @ Awful Arthur’s – Roanoke, VA 12/4/10
(sorry, no picture for this one)
This was my second time seeing Cedric and Lightnin’, and my first time at Awful Arthur’s (who have amazing fried oysters I might add). There was a blizzard going on outside, and I drove to my buddies and after watching a few vids online and me telling him how good Cedric was, we climbed in his Jeep and made the 30 mile trek in the snow to Roanoke. It was worth it.

The opening act was a group of local blues jam types who played some by the numbers blues standards, this gave us time to chow down on some of those killer fried oysters and get a few drinks in our bellies. Then Cedric came up to do his solo acoustic set, this set was particularly powerful because he dedicated it to his Uncle who had just passed a few days prior. He poured all his grief into those acoustic songs. After that set Cedric switched to drums and Malcolm took the stage with his Telecaster. The proceeded to blow the roof off the joint. If you’ve never seen Cedric Burnside live you are missing out on seeing one of the greatest drummers of our time. And the music…this is not John Mayer blues…this is BLUES the way it was meant to be played, dirty and raw. The only downside of the night was after the show I lost my favorite coat at the nearby waffle house :(

Todd Snider @ Stuart’s Opera House – Nelsonville, OH 12/30/10
This was my first Todd Snider show, me and a buddy decided to road trip up to Nelsonville, Ohio and swing by Huntington, WV on the way back for New Years Eve. First let me say Stuart’s Opera House is a great great venue. Reminds me a lot of the Lincoln Theater in Marion, VA where they tape Song Of The Mountains, and the Nelsonville/Athens area of Ohio was a really cool area. The stage was set up with a piano a guitar, and a table with a Todd Snider hippie flag draped over it. We were sitting stage left 2nd/3rd row. When it was time for Todd to come out, the PA started playing the theme from Sanford and Son…awesome.

When Todd came out, he sang Can’t Complain, he then opened it up to requests, matter of fact he played requests the whole show, even encouraging people to write what songs they want to hear and throw it on stage during the intermission between sets. As expected, he told stories, great stories…in particular one about Bill Elliot that was spectacular. Another highlight of the show, early on when he first opened it up to requests, someone requested Vinyl Records….to which he claimed it had “a shitload of words” but he persevered….forgetting the words halfway through but carrying the song anyway the way only Todd could. My buddy who had seen Todd two times before said this was definitely the best Todd show he has seen so far. Another highlight was after the intermission he came out to do the second set and sat on the piano and did a cool piano version of the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. This whole show can be downloaded at for $7. A great thing to have for a show I attended. Here is a sample from the show below, the version of Vinyl Records I was talking about:

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The Fox Hunt & The Demon Beat @ The V-Club – Huntington, WV 12/31/10
When I heard about this show, I knew we had to add this stop to our roadtrip on the way back from seeing Todd Snider in Ohio. First I want to say that The V-Club just may be my new favorite bar/venue in any town. Just a great place, no TV’s, an outside bar, pool tables, great bands,  great atmosphere, cheap beer, great local characters, and the cutest bartender in west bygod. Plus the V stands for Valhalla, which is kind of badass. Now about the show itself, this being a New Years Eve show, it was just one big party…the place was packed, the ladies were all decked out and everyone was having a good time. I don’t recall much about the opening band Universes, but they took the stage around 10 or so. It wasn’t until after midnight that the Fox Hunt took the stage. Let me tell you this is the way to see the Fox Hunt…the way they feed off the energy of the crowd…they seemed to be calling the songs off the cuff, deciding what songs to play based on the crowds response to the last song. They finished their set with Four Horses, which the crowd also ate up. They said they could tell whether or not they had a good show by how the crowd responds to that song. They had a good show. Those worried about the new lineup need not worry, the new guys sound like they were always in the band, the only thing missing is all those great songs by Matt Kline. Luckily they have many other great songs to take up the slack.

Sometime later (excuse my time lapse, I had had a quite a few beers by this point), The Demon Beat took the stage. I knew this because THEY WERE LOUD! This was a damned rock show…no doubt about it. The guitarist Adam Meisterhans performed THE BEST windmills on the guitar I’ve ever seen. I mean I’ve only seen clips of Townsend, but I will say the windmills Meisterhans performed are as fucking good! Speaking of The Who…The Demon Beat’s drummer Jordan Hudkins played the drums like a mad man. I’ve never seen anything like this. By the end of each song the drum kit would be completely destroyed and have to be re-set up. Cymbals falling over, snares and toms falling over…all from sheer ferocity of his playing. At one point he picked up a fallen tom and used it to hit one of his crash cymbals. WOW. Check these guys out if they come to your area, we are talking balls to the wall, high gear, meth in your cocaine type of energy coming from this band. A ROCK SHOW!

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit @ The V-Club – Huntington, WV 1/15/11
So at the V-Club on New Years we saw the posters for this show, and had such a good time we decided to make the trek again to see Isbell. Now, I may or may not have drank entirely too much at this show so my recollections are a bit cloudy. Should have probably let my buddy Brad (who will doing some upcoming guest posts) write this one. However, Jason and the gang put on a killer show. They played for over 2 hours, mixing in many covers such as crowd favorite “Psycho Killer”, and many songs from Jason’s DBT days like a killer version of “Decoration Day”, even some new songs from his upcoming album. Only disappointment about this show is that I did not see Jason at the local Applebees pre-show with Meghan McCain sharing the date night special (those who follow Jason on twitter will understand that joke). Though I did meet him on the street while we were walking to the club. Nice guy that Jason Isbell, puts on a hell of a show too. [EDIT: Professional-like photos from this show can bee seen here]

Scott H. Biram – Plow You Under (vid)

Scott is going to be playing Martin’s in Roanoke this Saturday and while looking up some vids I came across this excerpt from a 2008 documentary called Seven Signs: Music, Myth, and The American South. I’ve never heard of that but it looks pretty interesting.

White House Blues

Read today that it was the anniversary of William McKinley’s death, which always reminds me of one of my favorite songs, White House Blues.

Now I first heard White House Blues on the amazing and essential “Anthology of  American Folk Music“. This was the Charlie Poole version recorded in 1926, and perhaps the earliest known recording of the song. No one really knows the original author as these were folk songs and prior to recorded music folk songs meant songs for the common folk and no one tried to lay claim to them.

The song tells the story of McKinley being shot in Buffalo, NY during the 1901 World’s Fair. There have been many versions of this song throughout the years, most of them in the bluegrass vein but all good. Some change the lyrics up a bit (again, part of the folk tradition), but the basic story always remains the same and most feature my favorite line:

Roosevelt’s in the white house he’s doing his best/Mckinley’s in the graveyard he’s taking his rest

One thing that has always struck me about the McKinley assassination is that unlike all other presidential killings, no one really remembers who shot McKinley yet we all seem to remember the doctor’s prodding around looking for the bullet is likely what killed him. I personally think this is due to the assassin having a name that is too difficult to pronounce. I mean hell, even Charles Guiteau is remembered more than Leon Czolgosz.

While the Charlie Poole version I linked to above is the essential version, my personal favorite version is the hyper Bill Monroe version recorded in the mid 50’s which became the blueprint for many other bluegrass versions from there forward. I will also include the Muleskinner (ft. Clarence White) version from 1973 (which throws in a dig at Nixon doing his best) and a newer version by ATS favorite Scott H. Biram.

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Bill Monroe – White House Blues

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Muleskinner – White House Blues

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Scott H. Biram – White House Blues

Sunday Service: Scott H. Biram – Only Jesus

I forgot I had started doing this….I’m backslidin’ brothers and sisters. Let’s get this feature back up and rollin’ with some Scott H. Biram.

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Scott H. Biram – Only Jesus

Scott H. Biram – Riley’s Tavern (Hunter, TX 1-5-07)

The last Scott H. Biram post got a lot of love, so I thought I would throw up another one. Man this guy is killer, just him, a guitar, lot’s of whiskey and a stompbox. Dirty old one man band indeed. This thing came with a shit ton of pictures from the show, I didn’t include them, but some of them were pretty damn funny. The best ones are included on the artwork (which also came with it). Must’ve been a hell of a show.

Check out Scott’s tour schedule here

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Scott H. Biram – Riley’s Tavern

Scott H. Biram – Preachin’ and Hollerin’ (Hard To Find)

Here’s an early Scott H. Biram album (that’s currently going for $95 on Amazon…HOLY SHIT!). This thing is killer. Just raw country-blues-punk-a-billy-whatever you want to call it (Scott calls it depression era metal :D ) If you like honky tonk music, you’ll probably like this. If you like mountain style bluegrass, you’ll probably like this. If you like old school rockabilly, you’ll probably like this. If you like punk music, you might like this. Hell if you like gospel music you might even like this. Me personally, I love it.

1. We Shall Be Free
2. Real Life Yodel
3. The Long Chain Charlie
4. Weary Visitors
5. Truckdriver
6. Ella Speed
7. Ocean Of Diamonds
8. Free Radio Talk
9. Whoa Back Buck
10. Wreck My Car
11. Tom Moore’s Farm
12. Lost Case Of Bein’ Found
13. Red River/Trouble In Mind
14. Get Me Religion
15. Pastures Of Plenty
16. God Don’t Work
17. Never On Sunday


Buy it or Download it from Scott himself

Some Youtube vids

Been checking out youtube, thought I’d post some. Remember when MTV used to actually show videos, and they were worth watching. Maybe we can call this TTV…..I dunno one too many t’s in there.

up first: Wrinkle Neck Mules – Mecklenburg Country (Live at Cinco De Mayo Festival, Richmond….I posted a bootleg of this earlier)

Next up, one of my fave songs by one of my fave unheards: Corb Lund – Roughest Neck Around (this is some homemade video cause they took down the real one…..which is a shame cause it was a damned good video)

Here we have the official video of depression era-metal head Scott H. Biram’s “Hit The Road”

Stones revivalist The Deadstring Brothers with their video for “Sacred Heart”

and let’s finish this set out with something mellow…..Cat Power – “Lived in Bars”