Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, Texas. At age 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 migratory path he landed in Shreveport, Louisiana, 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. Whether on his six-string ukulele 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, are the true art that runs throughout. Showcased at MusicFest stages meant for such performances, everyone has the time of there life…Only at MusicFest.
Official MusicFest Artist
Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell, Winfield Cheek, Jeff Brown, Keith Langford, The Tijuana Trainwreck Horns
Years at MusicFest:
Fog and Bling (2019), I Got Your Medicine (2017), Okra Candy (2015), Gulf Coast Musuem (2013), Well After Awhile (2010)