Beginning as a side-project of singer/guitar player Kevin Russell of The Gourds, Austin Music Awards named Shinyribs 2017 Funk/Blues/Soul Band of the Year. In this incarnation, Russel pairs with The Shiny Soul Sisters - Kelley Mickwee & Alice Spencer.
Kevin Russell is a founding member of the American alternative country band The Gourds. After 18 years of good times and hard travelin’, the Gourds came to an end and Russell has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle ever since. 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, the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, and The Shiny Soul Sisters - Kelley Mickwee & Alice Spencer. Whether on his 6 string Uke or his Electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. 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.