Bhi Ramesvara Bhiman was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Bhiman had an allAmerican childhood that he has referred to as “a sort of Brown Norman Rockwell existence with lots of running around in creeks and playing baseball”.He played in the city’s most competitive leagues from ages 7–17, often traveling for tournaments including trips to The Dominican Republic, Hawaii, and Australia.
When Bhiman was 13, an injury during a tournament in Paducah, Kentucky, kept him off the field for six months. He passed the time playing his brother’s guitar and discovered a strong musical sensibility. As a teenager, Bhiman played electric guitar, and fell in love with hardrock bands like ACDC and Black Sabbath as well as Seattle’s grunge scene.He has cited Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil as a particularly important musical influence. It was not until Bhiman’s time at the University of California Santa Cruz that he began to explore singing and writing songs. He formed the band Hippie Grenade in 2002 and eventually moved to San Francisco with the band to pursue music more seriously.
In 2008, Bhiman left Hippie Grenade to focus on his solo career. In 2011, he began work on what would be his first nationally distributed album. The bulk of the record was tracked at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco. Following those sessions, Bhiman finished the album with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorn Slim) at the Great North Sound Society in Parsonsfield, Maine. Bhiman was released in 2012 and earned rave reviews from publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and esteemed rock critic Robert Christgau of NPR’s All Things Considered.