The Catalyst

Shinyribs

Live in the Atrium

Shinyribs

Sun, July 29, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$15.00

This event is 16 and over

Shinyribs
Shinyribs
Not too many years ago, Austin singer-songwriter Kevin Russell, the man behind the
entity known as Shinyribs, had a revelation. He was discussing schoolteachers with his kids, and
mentioned his first two were Miss Martin and Miss Gibson. That’s when he realized his destiny had been
shaped decades ago, like the headstocks of his favorite guitars.
In fact, Miss Gibson’s impact reached even further. The Beaumont, Texas, native remembers the moment
his 7-year-old ears heard her pronouncement, “You are a writer.” He knew even then that he wanted to
apply that skill to songs; she gave him the confidence to pursue that dream. Seven years later, he started
strumming and composing, and now, on Feb. 24, 2017, Shinyribs the man and Shinyribs the eight-person
band are about to dose fans with the exuberant swamp-pop soul-funk of their fourth release, I Got Your
Medicine. Tracked at Houston’s legendary SugarHill Recording Studios, it carries a New Orleans R&B
vibe — with extra gris-gris added by Russell’s co-producer, Jimbo Mathus.
Russell’s band years started during high school, in Shreveport, La. A move to Dallas, another to Austin,
and formation of his last band, the Gourds, followed. In 2007, to cover payments on his new family
vehicle, Russell started doing a monthly side gig at a Houston club, using the name bestowed upon him
by a transient woman he’d once presented with a plate of ribs. In 2010, he released his Shinyribs debut,
Well After Awhile. Gulf Coast Museum came in 2013.
By then, the 19-year-old Gourds had recorded with Larry Campbell at Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio,
toured internationally and played countless shows. It was time to move on. With 2015’s Okra Candy,
Shinyribs became a band, with drummer/percussionist Keith Langford, keyboardist Winfield Cheek and
bassist Jeff Brown. With I Got Your Medicine it’s a party — attended by the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns
and the Shiny Soul Sisters.
It might be a rent party at a trailer park, but hey, fun is fun, and that’s what Shinyribs are all about. Russell
loves nothing more than challenging people’s sensibilities while making them laugh, which he can do
merely by stepping onstage. He’s got a balding dome, longish white goatee, Santa-sized belly and no ass
at all, and he’s usually wearing a wild suit picked up at a place called Soul Train Fashions (in New
Orleans, natch). He’s a jovial presence, all right (a regular “hippie redneck Buddha,” said the Dallas
Observer). When he straps on a guitar, mandolin or six-string ukulele and strums “Poor People’s Store,”
“Take Me Lake Charles” or “Bolshevik Sugarcane,” or wiggles his non-ass while doing his best “Let’s Get
It On” Marvin Gaye, he can turn even the most uptight audience into booty-shakers.
“I just do what comes natural and what turns me on,” says Russell. “Humor is really important to me in
music. I love Coasters and Tony Joe White songs; you don’t know if it’s a joke or if they’re serious.”
And Russell is a master at balancing tongue-in-cheek with heart ’n’ soul. The title tune is a case in point:
it’s drawn from his experience helping a down-and-out husband run errands for his anxiety-ridden wife.
The lyric There’s a mall dying inside you and you never bought that dream references Russell’s love of
empty old malls, which he finds “kind of depressing and kind of beautiful at the same time.” Buoyance
comes from Tiger Anaya’s and Mark Wilson’s doo-wop/soul-flavored horns and backing vocals by Sally
Allen and Alice Spencer.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/