Shinyribs (featuring Kevin Russell of The Gourds)

Shinyribs (featuring Kevin Russell of The Gourds)

"There are two kinds of people in Texas - those that got West Texas Dust, and those that got East Texas Rust. You got both of 'em!" - Doug Sahm to Kevin Russell

Hey, we all know Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell is a loose cannon. How else to explain covers of R. Kelly's "Feelin' on Yo Booty," and Elvis Costello's Indoor Fireworks" in the same night. Most folks who follow such things consider his outfit, The Gourds, one of the best live bands in the land, in large part because of Russell's brazen eccentricities and creative syntax.

However, the most overlooked thing about Russell is that when he plays it straight - as he does for most of his latest Shinyribs record Well After Awhile - the man can produce some of the funkiest and most beautiful roots music on the planet. It's not to say the "psycholiteranaut w/8 AA batteries-tweed facade-equal parts Waylon Jennings,Robert Rauschenberg and Harvey Korman" (to quote his Twitter feed) doesn't dig into his bag of twistedness here (witness "Poor People's Store"). But a listen to the straight-up duet "Shores Of Galilee" (with Sally Allen), the sweet quasi-fable "Who Built The Moon," or the intimate cover of Sam Cooke's "Change Gonna Come" that closes the record, shows that even when Russell puts aside some of the tricks, he delivers grade-A Country Soul.

The Low Rollers (closing set)

The Low Rollers are a fuzzed-out power trio that emerged from the fog of the Outer Sunset in early 2011. What started as the solo project of long-time bay area musician Joel Murach (Paddlefoot, 86 the Band) with his brother Tom Murach (86, Tracorum) on drums mutated into something a little bit weirder and louder when they were joined by bassist Colin Peden shortly after he had moved to San Francisco from his musical home of Austin, Texas.

With their first album as a trio, Sun, Wind, Etc. (2012), the band's country-inflected sound ranged from psych-tinged garage to loose-limbed Americana. Their upcoming album Louder, (2014), recorded with engineer Tim Green at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, CA, turns up the volume and begins to come apart at the seams, with overblown guitars and short, loud instrumentals that allow the band to explore their love of classic rock tropes in miniature, mixed among banging, unhinged bar rock songs that smell of sex and booze.

Live shows are where this seasoned band shines, but they can be a wild card: the band might play through a set of country tunes, accompanied on pedal steel by guitarist David Cuetter, matching close vocal harmonies set to a waltz. Or, if their B.A.C. is at the appropriate level, they may just rip through a set of dirty, frenetic rockers. Often times they just split the difference... You'll just have to come see for yourself what lovely mayhem this band is capable of.

Joe Shambeaux

Joe Shambeaux is a rock-n-roller with a country soul and a city heart. Born and raised up in Argyle, Tx, he now happily makes his home among the heathens and degenerates in San Francisco. With the Doctors, he plays songs of lust, angst and fun: the rock-n-roll holy trinity. Taking a cue from multiple generations, 60s garage rock, 70s outlaw country, and sappy 90s indie-rock all get a turn. At the end of the day, he's out to make you smile, clap, boogie, and sing along if you catch the spirit. Good times.


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