If you know Texas-based songwriter/musician/entity Shinyribs, then you are probably already scrambling to pick up tickets to see him live. If you aren’t familiar–grab tickets now and ask questions later! Shinyribs loves humor and has a knack for songwriting that is sure to satisfy any and everyone.

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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, 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.

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.” (source: Kessler)

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Shinyribs Tour

6/7 @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
6/8 @ Stickyz Chicken Shack – Little Rock, AR
6/9 @ The Kessler – Dallas, TX
6/16 @ Lakeside Icehouse – Bryan, TX
6/22 @ The Heights Theater – Houston, TX
6/23 @ Coupland Dancehall – Coupland, TX
6/28 @ Globe Hall – Denver, CO
6/29 @ Louisville Street Faire – Louisville, CO
6/30 @ The Paradise Theater – Paonia, CO
7/1 @ The Caribou Room – Nederland, CO
7/28 @ Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
7/31 @ The Siren – Morro Bay, CA
8/3 @ Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
8/5 @ Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
8/11 @ Rockin’ The River Music Series – Fort Worth, TX
8/30 @ Chenango Blues Fest at East Side Park – Norwich, NY
8/31 @ World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
9/3 @ City Winery – Washington, DC
9/9 @ Off Broadway – St Louis, MO
10/4 @ The Ramkat – Winston-Salem, NC