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Shinyribs serves up sweet sounds on 'Okra Candy'

Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell at Gruene Hall
Courtesy Of The Artist (www.shinyribs.org)
Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell at Gruene Hall

Austin's Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell, Former singer of The Gourds, regularly entertains crowds with his live show antics which often include leading a conga line through the crowd, or performing "Shinyribified" versions of  Blackstreet's "No Diggity" or TLC's "Waterfalls."

Album artwork for the latest "Okra Candy" album by Shinyribs.
Credit Courtesy Of The Artist www.shinyribs.org
Album artwork for the latest "Okra Candy" album by Shinyribs.

After picking up the guitar at the age of 14, Russell has barely looked back. He formed his first band, Picket Line Coyotes, whose indie/punk rock infused sounds were heard often in their new home of Dallas' Deep Ellum in the late '80s.

Later,  he helped formed the well known Austin mainstays The Gourds, who performed regionally for some 19 years before going on indefinite hiatus - which opened the door for Russell to put all his efforts into the solo "Shinyribs" act.

The newest release, "Okra Candy," shows off new territory for the Texas music veteran, featuring his new Tijuana Trainwreck Horn Section, and sounds that range from Ska to Americana to funk. Shinyribs was heard in his debut interview with Notably Texan. leading up to his Friday performance at The Rustic in Dallas.

Details about the artist are available on his website.

Notably Texan airs weekdays from Noon - 3 pm on KETR.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Matt moved to the Sulphur Springs area in 1990 and settled in Commerce shortly thereafter. Having dreamed of working in radio since childhood, he began working at KETR while taking Radio-Television courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993. Matt has transitioned from a part-time worker and pupil of KETR, to the station’s Chief Announcer/Producer and supervisor of student broadcasters. A familiar voice of 88-9 KETR, Matt has hosted such shows as The Late Nite Lion, and can currently be heard as host of Notably Texan.