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Country: USA

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There's an old line Frank Zappa used when he was talking to journalists that goes, "I don't think anybody would be very interested in Frank Zappa if he thought he was capable of telling you who Frank Zappa is—know what I mean?" In that vein, any musician's "bio" is inherently going to be at least half bullshit. If the music is good, it's good and the bio needs only to avoid tripping over itself. If the music's not good, no amount of background drama, celebrity intrigue or rhetorical praise is going to make it worthwhile. Such as it is, a bio could never suffice for Bhi Bhiman — for the very reason that his music is far more interesting of its own accord than anyone could ever make it through extrapolation or backdrop distractions. Now in his mid-20s, Bhiman was raised in St. Louis and is Sri Lankan by descent. He began playing guitar early in life, moving into songwriting while attending college in Santa Cruz. He developed quickly into an intelligent, engaging and—obviously most importantly— entertaining songwriter. While still in school he formed the band Hippie Grenade. The band's sound got around Santa Cruz and they became a cult favorite in town before outgrowing — and, in some cases, graduating — the college scene, at which point they moved on to San Francisco. With the voice of a classic-era soul singer (Bill Withers), the presentation of a folk artist (Bob Dylan), the style of a beat poet (William Burroughs) and the psychotic moxie of true innovators (Tenacious D), Bhiman's solo stylings are more accessible and captivating than the rockier, funkier sound Hippie Grenade achieves. But, as with any great singer-songwriter, it is Bhiman's lyrics that truly stand out. Little blurbs stick with every listener: for some it's a racist culture escalated into a bit of nonsense in "White Man's Burden Blues"; for some it's a marriage struck up on Mexican wine and getting knocked up in "Equal in my Tea"; for some it's a nation infatuated with NASCAR and George W. Bush in "Talkin’ NASCAR Blues"; for some it's the unnatural (or natural) relationship between Kobe and Satan in "International Hater." Wherever they appeal most to any particular ear, the lyrics that Bhiman writes bend the unfitting reality of modern culture into tangible and sidesplitting stories of love, lust, bigotry and life. Does that summarize it sufficiently (without tripping)? There's no way it possibly could. -Jake Leonard, San Francisco Chronicle


Shows
January 1, 2006
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December 29, 2006
Bhi Bhiman in the Studio
Bhi Bhiman is currently recording new tracks with producer C-Los.



Influences
Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, The Band, Warren Zevon, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Talking Heads, Ray Charles, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Maybield, Tenacious D, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, The Isley Brothers, Brenton Wood, The Temptations, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Larry David, Hunter Thompson, Jim Lehrer, Cornell West, Charlie Rose

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