Shinyribs Interview (July 13, 2016)

It’s like you finally started listening to your old drunk uncle from Shreveport and realized he was channeling an enlightened hillbilly cocktail of Tom Waits, Ernest Hemingway and Lenny Bruce. Kevin Russell, aka “Shinyribs”, begins as an assault on your senses and becomes a journey that cannot be described but must be experienced.

Russell found his way to Austin in 1993 and founded a band called The Gourds, which held his artistic attention until 2007, when he yielded to his creative side and began to also perform as Shinyribs. Over the years, Russell has grown his instrumental repertoire to include mandolin, banjo, and most recently the ukulele. Few sights can rival big ol’ Kevin wailing on a tiny wooden uke, or busting out a hillbilly acapella on a moment’s notice. Listening to this creative giant might evoke Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Wonder and Woody Guthrie, and he has shared the stage with the likes of Jon Dee GrahamRay Wylie HubbardMark RubinScrappy Jud Newcomb and Michael Fracasso. Enter this psyche. You’re tough enough.

Michael had the pleasure of spending some time with the unique and one of a kind Shinyribs at the condo recently…

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