Because he travels and performs as a one-man band, Scott H. Biram’s life as a musician can sometimes be extra lonesome. In “Never Comin’ Home,” a song featured on his latest album Nothin’ but Blood, the self-sufficient Texan pours out his heart in classic country fashion.
“I don’t actually recall the time when I wrote it,” Biram tells CMT Edge about the weeper. “It’s one of those that I jotted down in about five minutes and said ‘We’re done.’ I’m on the road so much, you know? I was just putting it out there. I was just exploring the idea of what it would be like to leave and never come back. I guess I feel like that sometimes. The longer tours sometimes seem like they’ll never end.”
With his face looking almost as weathered as his 1959 Gibson guitar, Biram pines for a welcoming home but seems resigned to his life as an anonymous drifter. When he plays the song live, though, all that weariness goes out the window.
“It feels good,” says Biram of sharing the song with fans. “It’s in the same vein as my song ‘Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue.’ Before the record was out, it was a little harder to play in front of people. Sometimes when people don’t know a song, they kinda just sit there and stare blankly at you as you play it. That’s always weird. Now that the record is out and people know some of the words, it’s more fun to play.”
Shot in Lexington, Ky., Biram’s straightforward video for the track was one of four he filmed all in one day. Sometimes being a one-man-band has its benefits, too.
Check out “Never Comin’ Home,” then take a look at his upcoming tour dates with Austin Lucas.
June 15: New Orleans (Siberia)
June 17: Atlanta (The Earl)
June 18: Johnson City, Tenn. (Mecca Lounge)
June 19: Baltimore (Ottobar)
June 20: Philadelphia (North Star Bar)
June 21: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Knitting Factory)
June 23: New Haven, Conn. (Café Nine)
June 24: Somerville, Mass. (Johnny D’s)
June 25: Rochester, N.Y. (Bug Jar)
June 26: Toronto, Ontario (Silver Dollar Room)
June 27: Detroit (Magic Stick)
June 28: Indianapolis (Sun King Brewery)
June 29: Newport, Ky. (Southgate House)
July 1: Nashville (Exit In)