Scott Biram hasn’t held down a local residency since setting up in the cinder-blocked corner of the old Parlor pizza joint on North Loop in the early Aughts. Those one-man band shows transpired loud and unruly, establishing the Lockhart native’s growling blues and heavy onslaught of apocalyptic sin and redemption.
“I’m taking six months off the road, and I’ve only done that once before in the past 20 years,” offers the longtime Austinite of his weekly stand at C-Boy’s every Thursday through September. “I want to keep my chops up by having a weekly gig, and it’s something I haven’t really given Austin in a long time. I definitely want to bring back some of my old songs that I haven’t played onstage in a long time, and I’ll be trying out some newer songs.”
Biram isn’t one to sit still, even when off the road. He’ll be recording his follow-up to last year’s tenth LP, The Bad Testament, in his home studio, and looks to begin producing some other artists after cutting a couple tracks with Jesse Dayton last spring.
“My production skills have gotten considerably better over the past couple of years, where I’ve wrapped my head around a few things I was struggling with,” he offers. “I learned a lot from Erik [Wofford], and sat there the entire time he was mixing down [2014’s Nothin’ but Blood]. It’s the same as getting my ’65 Ranchero worked on. I don’t know shit about cars, but I’ve learned a lot just from getting that hot rod worked on over the past 10 years.
“When I’m not in the studio, I’m reading a lot of technical books to learn about recording techniques. I’ve been recording my own stuff since I was 14, and I’m 44 now, so I figured it’s about time I got my ears straight.”