by David Koon
SHINYRIBS, KEVIN KERBY
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern. $7.
As a music fan, I've always been baffled at some of the absolute crap that gets played on the radio, even as excellent performers drive rattletrap vans from small venue to small venue. That's across the board, in any genre you can name. The fact is, the general public seems to be willing to listen to any amount of terrible music so long as somebody, somewhere, told them it was what the cool kids are doing.
It seems like a crime that there are so hacks and ass-clowns cashing in even as many great performers toil away in relative obscurity. Case in point: Kevin Russell and his band Shinyribs. Russell, known for his work with the five-man alt-country band The Gourds, has got a sound all his own and a voice that can turn from Delta blues to Southern funk on a dime.
Russell's songs "East Texas Rust" and "Same Boat" are great examples of this, with "Rust" sounding something like a Stevie Wonder/Skynyrd collaboration, and "Same Boat" an old timey a cappella stomp. The Shinyribs show, with opener Kevin Kerby, definitely looks like a plan for discerning fans of Southern rock and alt-country.