Ein UK-Singer / Songwriter mit tamilischen Wurzeln, der als der Woody Guthrie von Sri Lanka beschrieben wird, aber viel ärgerlicher als der liebe Woody ist. Born to emigrant Sri Lankan parents and named after Bhima, a central character in an ancient Indian text called The Mahabharata, Bhi Bhiman (pronounced 'Bee Bee-men') came of age in 1990s St. Louis, reared on Soundgarden and Nirvana. But here the album 'BHIMAN' covers a wide stylistic range, from country and soul, to West African-influenced folk. Through every deviation of style, Bhiman's powerful voice and love of wordplay carry the listener on a compelling journey. He sings from the perspective of a railroading hobo in 'Guttersnipe' (a sprawling, nearly seven-minute epic folk testimonial with a deep empathy for the downtrodden), a hopeful retiree in 'Take What I'm Given', an oppressed North Korean in 'Kimchee Line', a jealous lover in 'Eye on You' and a happy-go-lucky redneck in 'Ballerina'. 'Mexican Wine' is an instrumental that sounds like Simon & Garfunkel jamming in West Africa; 'Crime of Passion' is a buoyant murder ballad (as unlikely as that seems). Through every deviation of style, Bhiman's love of wordplay and that jaw-dropping voice carry the listener through to a new track and a compelling new story. BHIMAN is Bhi's first truly great album, but one gets the impression that he'll be singing his stories for a very long time to come his soulful, instantly striking voice has been compared to Bill Withers, Richie Havens, and Jim James, while the Willamette Week described him as "a traveling Dust Bowl folkie crossed with Nina Simone."