Shinyribs (Kev Russell)
that should be ready for his appearance at the Ark on May 15 (see Nightspots).
The band's basic combination of funky roots sounds with original, poetic lyrics will be familiar to those who like the Gourds--think Tom Waits having a good time at a party, or maybe CCR transplanted into the jam band era. While the Gourds covered Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice," Shinyribs in concert offers a wry version of R. Kelly's "Feelin' on Yo Booty." He has a beer-drinking anthem, "Country Cool," with a charming buy-local component: "I don't like giving my dollars to China for this plastic paradigm. But I'll give 'em all to Mexico and Milwaukee twelve aluminum cans at a time." "East TX Rust" includes this bit of verbally acrobatic pickup good humor: "Baby, baby, time's a-wasting. If you're a-fooling, I'm a-fading. I'm advocating a mutual grazing, a face-to-facing I'm advocating. I don't have time for you to love me like a lawyer. I just want mine, I don't care which one of us is wronger ... Shake your bones, let's get it on."