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According to Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series promoter Russ Gordon, one of his favorite concerts in the last 25 years was the Austin country-rock-soul band, the Gourds, who performed at the Pajarito Ski Area four years ago.
Their lead singer/front man is Kev “Shinyribs” Russell. Those that have never seen the Gourds or don’t remember the show might want to catch this Friday’s Shinyribs concert at Ashley Pond.
“The Gourds have two songwriters and singers, plus they’re a democratic band where they all argue over who controls the performances and CD production,” Gordon said.
“Kev Russell writes so much great music that he and Gourds drummer, Keith Langford started this other band that performs when the Gourds are not on the road.
“I’ve been watching the Shinyribs videos and listening to their music everyday lately. Remember listening over and over to your favorite bands when they put out a new album? This band is now one of my favorites. I can’t wait til Friday.”
The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.
Russell was born in Beaumont, Texas and started singing in Louisiana biker bars at 17, “playing loud country-blues-rock and psychedelic swamp jangle for the grumpy ingrates congregated there,” Gordon said. He formed the Gourds in 1994 and has been twisting and combining music genres ever since. He started the Shinyribs in 2006.
“If you want a genre, I’ll call them a combination of alt-country, Texas honky-tonk, rock, soul, funk, punk, gospel and gospel cowboy,” Gordon said. “The Shinyribs are funny, strange, rocking, absurd, beautiful, soulful, poetic and literate.”
On Friday, they may do covers of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, R. Kelly’s “Feelin’ On Yo Booty,” Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” “Dixie,” The Band’s “The Night They Tore Old Dixie Down” or a Pink Floyd song, but listen for their originals.
“The music, lyrics and stage shows are fantastic and the band is proudly unique. Kev is countrified funk. He’ll be flapping his arms, hands and legs like a funky-tonking bird with his wings ready for a rock ’n roll attack,” Gordon said. “He sings ‘I’m a little bit crazy but I ain’t no fool.’ He also can sing a gorgeous ballad.”
On July 20, the L.A. County Summer Concert Series will be at Entrada Business Park with the Texas country dance band, the Derailers. The show will be Holiday Inn Express and L.A. Food Co-op Night.
For more information, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com, myspace.com/shinyribs and derailers.com. Both bands have videos on youtube.com.