The Upshot: Austin band’s best effort yet.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Picking up the flag from folks like Dr. John, Delbert McClinton and Leon Russell, Austin’s Shinyribs play a mix of swamp funk and soul, mixed with a little country for a unique sound and all around fun vibe.
What originally started as a side project for Kevin Russell has grown into a nine-piece band and evolved over the course of seven years and four albums into one of the best things to happen to soul music in decades. And I Got Your Medicine, their latest, may be their best effort yet.
Spread across a dozen songs, Russell’s deep, southern drawl floats over honky tonk piano and a horn section that Springsteen would envy. The lyrics are sly and witty and you can’t help but move along to the music, even on a slow track like “I Knew It All Along” or the bittersweet “Nothing Takes the Place of You,” a great Allen Toussaint cover (the second Toussaint cover on this record). Part of the beautiful charm of Russell and his band is that they would put the fantastic “I Don’t Give a Shit,” just two spot above the someone more reverent “The Cross is Boss.” A fantastic record from start to finish.
DOWNLOAD: “I Got Your Medicine,” “I Knew All Along” and “Nothing Takes the Place of You”