Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Whether on his 6 string Uke or his Electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry. Truly something not to be missed; a unique musical experience and an original expression of our colorful musical heritage.
Beginning as a teenager performing on New Orleans street corners and in New York City subways, Charley Crockett is carving out his place as an important original voice in American music.
A descendant of Davy Crockett and very much a Woodie Guthrie in our time, Charley has taken the Texas music scene by surprise, winning The Dallas Observer’s Best Blues Act Award following the release of his debut album, ‘A Stolen Jewel,’ in May of 2015. Recorded in a farm house in remote Northern California, the album is a raw testament to the eclectic rambling spirit of Crockett and his deep roots in the music of Texas and Louisiana. With growing critical and public acclaim, the South Texas native isn’t wasting any time. Charley is already busy promoting another album, ‘In The Night’ which is scheduled for release in June of 2016.
“I’ve been living this life from one song to the next and moving from town to town for longer than I can remember…
So you best believe I got some records to put out.”