It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party as Shinyribs makes their Austin City Limits debut tonight performing songs from throughout their career.
Led by Beaumont, Texas native Kevin Russell, who last appeared on Austin City Limits in 2007 with The Gourds, Austin’s Shinyribs began as a side project before becoming Russell’s full-time concern following The Gourds’ dissolution in 2013. This year, the now eight-person Shinyribs dosed fans with the exuberant swamp-pop soul-funk of their fourth release, I Got Your Medicine. Tracked at Houston’s legendary Sugar Hill Recording Studios, it carries a New Orleans R&B vibe — with extra gris-gris added by Russell’s co-producer, Jimbo Mathus, late of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. AllMusic calls the album “funny, heartfelt, and dirty, a retro-soul album that never feels stuck in the past,” while the Austin American Statesman names it as one of 2017’s best albums so far.
Russell says the album is meant as a reminder that not every issue has to be taken so seriously. “A lot of people are so tightly wound, they can’t let themselves go,” he says. “I can demonstrate to them that you can shake your hips, roll around on the floor, scream and shout, and it’s OK: people will still accept you. It’s just music; relax and have some fun.”
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