Austin’s Swamp-Pop, Soul Outfit SHINYRIBS Release "All The Best Things"

Article Contributed by MAD Ink PR | Published on Saturday, June 10, 2023

Austin’s SHINYRIBS, are set to unveil their newest single, the vibey feel-good “All The Best Things,” out today. The damn-near-disco thumper is the 3rd single from the upcoming Transit Damage, and highlights the essence of the Shinyribs sound. Main man Kevin Russell describes the song: “It’s about not being able to see the forest for the trees. It's about not being able to see the sky because of all the bugs on the windshield. It's about not being able to expand your consciousness and see a bigger picture, see a better thing, at any given moment. It's right there in front of you. All the best things, right there, in front of you.”

Couching Zen meditation into a guaranteed dance floor filler, the track features the soothing harmonic background vocals courtesy of the Shiny Soul Sisters (Alice Spencer and Courtney Santana) perfectly intertwined with the smooth croon of leader Russell. The addition of dynamic brass sounds comes from the band's own Tijuana Trainwreck Horns, a trio comprised of saxophonist Mark Wilson, trombonist Paul Demeer, trumpeter Tiger Anaya and augmented by Ulrican Williams’ trombone - make the song a new party staple for fans of the Ribs! Transit Damage, the groups ninth studio album, was produced by Grammy winner Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Raul Malo, Deer Tick) and is slated for release on July 14, 2023 through a new label deal with Jesse Dayton’s Hardcharger imprint and Blue Élan Records.

Just who is Shinyribs? It’s a sprawling nine, sometimes 10-piece cast, but ultimately it is the funky brainchild of Russell, who grew up in Beaumont, TX and Shreveport, LA, the cradle of the swamp pop and bayou R&B sounds that drip off his fingers like honey and hot sauce nowadays. Think Gulf Coast meets Muscle Shoals with strong pop-song structures. The evolution of Shinyribs came about when Kevin began playing a solo residency under that moniker - after an incident involving Russell buying a homeless woman a plate of ribs in a Houston club in the mid-2000s. “I was already a lover of New Orleans R&B from the ‘40s and ‘50s,” says Russell. “That music is some of my favorite music ever. Suddenly I realized I could play that style with these horns.”

Shinyribs are renowned for their dynamic live show and have crossed the country playing to sold out venues, often with Kevin sporting a cape that lights up, and wearing his fancy dance shoes. Kevin and crew are currently on the road with many dates throughout the Spring and Summer.  An initial list of tour dates can be found below, with much more to come including a stint on the Outlaw Country Cruise in early 2024.

Shinyribs On Tour:

6/16/23 - Crystal Beach, TX - Camp Margaritaville
6/23/23 - Waxahachie, TX - The Texas Theater
6/24/23 - Tulsa, OK - The Shrine
6/27/23 - Wichita, KS - Wave
6/29/23 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Summerfest 2023
6/30/23 - Belleville, IL - Eckert's Cider Shed
7/01/23 - Berwyn, IL - American Music Festival
7/08/23 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
7/15/23 - Roswell, NM - The Liberty
7/18/23 - Venice, CA - The Venice West
7/19/23 - Morro Bay, CA - The Siren
7/20/23 - Novato, CA - Hopmonk Tavern
7/21/23 - 7/22/23 - Navarro, CA - The Redwood Ramble
7/25/23 - Eugene, OR - The John G. Shedd Institute For The Arts
7/26/23 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
7/27/23 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
7/28/23 - Boise, ID - The Olympic Venue
7/29/23 - SLC, UT - Soundwell
7/30/23 - Carbondale, CO - Carbondale Mountain Fair
8/01/23 - Telluride, CO - Club Red Telluride
8/04/23 - 8/06/23 - Del Norte, CO - Rhythms On The Rio 2023
8/05/23 - Denver, CO - Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
8/12/23 - New Braunfels, TX - Gruene Hall
8/23/23 - St Louis, MO - The Old Rock House  
8/24/23 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
8/25/23 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House Revival
8/26/23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe
8/27/23 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
8/28/23 - New York, NY - City Winery
8/30/23 - Montgomery, NY - City Winery
9/01/23 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
9/01/23 - 9/03/23 - Charlestown, RI - Rhythm & Roots Festival
9/06/23 - Hummelstown, PA - The Englewood
9/09/23 - Richmond, VA - Get Tight Lounge

February 4-10 - Outlaw Country Cruise, Miami, FL
More Dates TBA