MUSIC BOX: Happy Mardi Gras from Jackson Six

By on February 25, 2014
Scott H. Biram
Scott H. Biram

Scott H. Biram

Biram: A hard act to follow
A 21st century bluesman that has lived a daredevil existence, Austinite Scott H. Biram, is the “dirty old one-man band” that you want to keep your daughter away from, unless she wants a lesson in gutbucket, grungy blues. With absolutely no filter, Biram’s presence is staged with a stack of amps, a ’59 hollow-body Gibson, a stomp board, and a combination of old vocal microphones wrapped together in a tangled mess of guitar cables.

“My music is the bastard child of punk, blues, country, hillbilly, bluegrass, chain gang, metal, and classic rock,” Biram said.
While the crazy stories about this guy continue to accrue, his ruckus taking no prisoners, it’s his music that has benefited from living an existence that is distancing him from the wildest of days. But, that doesn’t mean he’s getting soft.

In 2003, one month after being hit head-on by an 18-wheeler, he took the stage in a wheel chair with an I.V. still dangling from his arm. With two broken legs, a broken foot and a broken arm, he unleashed his trademark grunge blues and hillbilly country at Austin’s famed Continental Club. Less than a year later, he took the stage at South by Southwest to showcase right after Kris Kristofferson. He was quoted as growling, “They said that was a hard act to follow. … I’m a hard act to follow, mother ****ers!”
“I used to drink a lot more,” Biram told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s gotten a little wild a few times. I’d end up naked by the end of the show, playing guitar with nontraditional appendages. I’d stage dive in the middle of the concert. The show was over after that, because I couldn’t get back to the stage. Now, I try to keep the violent aspects down to a minimum.”

Alongside his rough-edged songs that fulfill an outlaw reputation, Biram has a lighter side that’s not overshadowed by any such persona. His Willie Nelson-esque crooning on “Never Comin’ Home” from his brand new 14-track album, Nothin’ But Blood, is one such gem. Catch a troubadour that has lived most of his nine lives and came out the other side in fine form.

Scott H. Biram, 9:30 p.m. on Sunday at Mangy Moose in Teton Village. $10.

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?
Get out the outlandish attire and the beads – it’s a slice of NOLAS in the Hole with some Mardi Gras-themed parties this weekend, topped off by the legendary Fat Tuesday. Jackson’s own Dixieland sextet, Jackson Six, hits the nail on the head when it comes to festive music for this unofficial holiday offering swinging, stomping, syncopated beats of New Orleans’ traditional jazz. This year, the band will make their rounds to three locales.

Jackson Six, 8 p.m. on Friday at Haydens Post; 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Trap Bar at Grand Targhee Resort; 7:30 to 11 p.m. on FAT Tuesday at the Silver Dollar Bar. All shows are free.

Disco party attack
Town Square Tavern’s Tuesday house band, Uncle Stack & the Attack, will add to the Friday ruckus by stepping out of their normal shoes to offer a disco inferno dubbed “Stayin’ Alive in Jackson Hole.” The show will feature music from The Bee Gees, Kool & The Gang, KC and The Sunshine Band, Rick James, and Chic, as well as a costume contest for the best Disco threads. Proceeds benefit Teton Co. Search and Rescue.

Stayin’ Alive in Jackson Hole with Uncle Stack & the Attack, 10 p.m. on Friday at Town Square Tavern. $7. 733-3886.

Wood Smoke Rising

Wood Smoke Rising

Smoke rises in Moose
Up north, fresh local bluegrass quintet Wood Smoke Rising – with Andy Gabel (banjo/vocals), Josh Metten (fiddle), Lucas Nash (mandolin), Rob Sidle (bass), and Mike Swanson (guitar/vocals) – will gather around condenser microphones in the intimate confines of Dornan’s. The pickers have been refining their chops at The Hoot, and are prepped to debut their first set of original music.
Wood Smoke Rising, 8 p.m. on Friday at Dornan’s. $10 at Dornan’s, Valley Bookstore and Melody Creek Guitars. 733-2415.

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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