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Rocks Off first stumbled onto Scott H. Biram about 10 years ago at the Parlor, Austin's recently closed, extremely cramped "punk rock pizza" joint on North Loop, where patrons scarfed their pies while murals of Iggy Pop, The Clash and the Ramones looked on from the red walls. The "Dirty Old One Man Band," as he prefers to be called, was pounding out some feral country-blues using only an acoustic guitar, stompbox and a microphone that made his voice sound like it was being piped in from the bathroom. Either that or 1932.

It was pretty riveting stuff. Still is. In the ensuing decade, Biram has survived a near-fatal van accident, released several albums on Bloodshot Records (his next, Bad Ingredients, is due in October), become a flagship artist for his pal Shooter Jennings' nascent "Triple X" movement and kept up a touring regimen that would make a Spartan look lazy.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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