Describing his music as "the bastard child of punk, blues, country, hillbilly, bluegrass, chain gang, metal, and classic rock," Biram was born in Lockhart, Texas and grew up in Prairie Lea (a small town of less than 250 residents) and San Marcos (a city of 50,000 not far from Austin). While in high school, Biram joined a local punk rock band called the Thangs, and played shows with them after moving on to college (Biram earned a degree in fine arts from Southwest Texas State University). As he developed a taste for roots music (in particular Lightnin' Hopkins
and Doc Watson
), he played with a pair of bluegrass bands during his college days, Scott Biram & the Salt Peter Boys and Bluegrass Drive-By.
In the late '90s, Biram adopted his aggressive one-man band performing style and released his first album, This Is Kingsbury?, in 2000 on his own KnuckleSandwich Records label. Another self-released album, Preachin' and Hollerin', appeared in 2002. In 2003, Biram was nearly killed when his truck was involved in a head-on collision with a semi on a Texas highway. While confined to his bed, Biram recorded an EP, Rehabilitation Blues, and less than two months after the accident, Biram played a legendary show at Austin's Continental Club, performing on-stage in a wheelchair with IVs still dangling from his arms. The Continental show defined Biram's relentless and rebellious image, and he hit the road hard, playing up to 200 dates a year and releasing records at a steady pace. Biram's 2004 album The Dirty Old One Man Band attracted the attention of "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records
, which released a revised edition of the disc in 2005. Since then, Biram has divided his time between his punishing road schedule and recording new music for Bloodshot
, turning out four albums (Graveyard Shift, Something's Gone/Lost Forever, Bad Ingredients, Nothin' But Blood, and The Bad Testament) and a pair of singles between 2006 and 2017. ~ Megan Frye, Rovi