Brian Smith remembers when the Austin-based band Shinyribs performed on the Slopeside lawn in Steamboat Springs a few years ago.
“It turned into a party,” said Smith, a booking agent with B. Smith Presents. “I hear from locals all the time asking, ‘When is Shinyribs coming back to Steamboat?’”
The day has finally arrived.
The eight-piece American country-soul, swamp-funk band will be back in town this weekend taking the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Chief Theater.
Founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter and guitar, mandolin and ukulele player Kevin Russell, formerly of the Gourds who is known for covering Snoop Dog’s “Gin and Juice” song, Shinyribs was formed as a solo side project and then became Russell’s main gig.
It’s a band that’s known to have no rules and ventures into a variety of musical genres with originals and covers.
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“As of the last two years or so, this is my favorite live show and I feel lucky we even got them to play the Chief this year,” Smith said.
While traveling out West this week, Explore Steamboat caught up with the musical mastermind Russell to chat about Shinyribs and the show this weekend.
Steamboat Today: Who or what first inspired you to become a musician?
Kevin Russell: My father. He played and sang. Cool dude, “DaddyJoe.”
ST: When Shinyribs first started what did you envision for the band?
KR: I never could have designed it. It is an accident. But I envisioned some kind of country funk thing somewhere between ZZ Top and Willie Nelson and James Brown.
ST: What do each of the members of Shinyribs bring to the table?
KR: Each person is a bad ass in his or her own right. They are all grown-ups who are professional and…
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