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      July 29, 2018

      Sunday   8:30 PM

      1011 Pacific Avenue
      Santa Cruz, California 95060


      Not too many years ago, Austin singer-songwriter Kevin Russell, the man behind theentity known as Shinyribs, had a revelation. He was discussing schoolteachers with his kids, andmentioned his first two were Miss Martin and Miss Gibson. Thats when he realized his destiny had beenshaped decades ago, like the headstocks of his favorite guitars.In fact, Miss Gibsons impact reached even further. The Beaumont, Texas, native remembers the momenthis 7-year-old ears heard her pronouncement, You are a writer. He knew even then that he wanted toapply that skill to songs; she gave him the confidence to pursue that dream. Seven years later, he startedstrumming and composing, and now, on Feb. 24, 2017, Shinyribs the man and Shinyribs the eight-personband are about to dose fans with the exuberant swamp-pop soul-funk of their fourth release, I Got YourMedicine. Tracked at Houstons legendary SugarHill Recording Studios, it carries a New Orleans R&Bvibe with extra gris-gris added by Russells co-producer, Jimbo Mathus.Russells 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 familyvehicle, Russell started doing a monthly side gig at a Houston club, using the name bestowed upon himby a transient woman hed 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 Helms Woodstock studio,toured internationally and played countless shows. It was time to move on. With 2015s Okra Candy,Shinyribs became a band, with drummer/percussionist Keith Langford, keyboardist Winfield Cheek andbassist Jeff Brown. With I Got Your Medicine its a party attended by the Tijuana Train Wreck Hornsand the Shiny Soul Sisters.It might be a rent party at a trailer park, but hey, fun is fun, and thats what Shinyribs are all about. Russellloves nothing more than challenging peoples sensibilities while making them laugh, which he can domerely by stepping onstage. Hes got a balding dome, longish white goatee, Santa-sized belly and no assat all, and hes usually wearing a wild suit picked up at a place called Soul Train Fashions (in NewOrleans, natch). Hes a jovial presence, all right (a regular hippie redneck Buddha, said the DallasObserver). When he straps on a guitar, mandolin or six-string ukulele and strums Poor Peoples Store,Take Me Lake Charles or Bolshevik Sugarcane, or wiggles his non-ass while doing his best Lets GetIt 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 inmusic. I love Coasters and Tony Joe White songs; you dont know if its a joke or if theyre serious. And Russell is a master at balancing tongue-in-cheek with heart n soul. The title tune is a case in point:its drawn from his experience helping a down-and-out husband run errands for his anxiety-ridden wife.The lyric Theres a mall dying inside you and you never bought that dream references Russells love ofempty old malls, which he finds kind of depressing and kind of beautiful at the same time. Buoyancecomes from Tiger Anayas and Mark Wilsons doo-wop/soul-flavored horns and backing vocals by SallyAllen and Alice Spencer.

      Cost: 15.00

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