John T. Floore’s Country Store Calander
Tonight Shinyribs will be playing at John T. Floore’s Country Store outside of San Antonio. You can get tickets at the above link. We will be there much earlier than showtime, so if you are in the area come out and shoot the shit. I am happy to discuss anything and everything I write about here, even if you disagree.
In reading about the 1800’s I am realizing how much public debate was part of the landscape then. People would debate for hours on various political topics. People in general were much more involved in the political process as a whole, as least the people that were allowed to be. (AKA white males) Well we don’t want to return to those times by any stretch of the imagination, it would be great if there was more real debate in this country and not just people sloganeering and spinning from both sides.
I played a show last month where I made a bunch of political comments. Afterwards a gentleman came up to me and said that while he was on the opposite side from me, he was happy to see someone actually saying something. We then had a good talk about some of the issues. I think that kind of thing is healthy. Politics is compromise. It is winning inch by inch. Sweeping change is rare. Although I would love to see sweeping change right now, I know that a slow grind is the only way the mountaintop of progress can be reached.
Many of those in power don’t want ideas being shared, they don’t want critical thinking, and they definitely don’t want real and open debate. Rebel and talk to each other. Express your opinions. There are always going to be some people that you just can’t reach, but you never know.
Tomorrow the Shinyribs band is going into the studio to record a song for an upcoming Ted Hawkins tribute record. If you don’t know Ted Hawkins he is an absolutely amazing soul singer. His first album, Watch Your Step, is especially breathtaking. He had it all: He had an incredible singing voice that was like Sam Cooke with more grit, he wrote uniquely interesting and personal songs, and he wrote beautiful uplifting melodies. He could convey complex intense emotions, often with nothing more than his voice and guitar. I’ve never seen anyone that has heard his records not like them. He is one of the great largely unknown artists of this country. Above is one of my favorite songs by him.
I wanted to remind anyone in the Austin area that I’ll be playing a solo show along side Kacy Crowley at Strange Brew this Wednesday.
Jefferson Brown and Kacy Crowley
Wednesday November 5th at 6pm
More info at:
Strange Brew Website
My partner in crime Alex Moralez will be joining me on percussion. Both of us will also be backing up Kacy. Strange Brew is one of the best sounding rooms in Austin. Tickets are only $6.
The Shinyribs band will also be up in McKinney and Huffman this weekend. You can get more info at:
In the future when all’s well…
This is a rundown of this week’s Shinyribs show, as well as current upcoming solo gigs.
Shinyribs this week (All Texas):
Thursday – Fort Worth – Capital Bar – 9pm – Free Show
Friday – Lubbock – The Blue Light – 11pm
Saturday – Roscoe – The Lumberyard – 8pm
Kev will also be playing at the Volcano in Houston tonight at 8pm I believe. This is a solo show and I will not be making it.
Get more info at:
Solo gigs on the books are at Strange Brew in ATX:
November 5th – 6pm – with Kacy Crowley
December 21st – 4pm – with Kacy Crowley
Basically the gigs with Kacy are song swaps, although my partner in crime, Alex Moralez, comes out and plays drums, and I will play bass when Kacy is singing. I am working on building a solo website, but it will probably take a little time as I am pretty busy between gigs and working on a campaign to get public transportation passed in Austin. I love Austin, but the traffic here is pretty hellish. If we could fix that it would be a huge step forward. We are trying to get the first major step in public transportation passed this November, but all the usual people are fighting it. The city is supposed to double in size by 2040, so if we don’t do something now it is going to only get worse.
So anyway, at some point I will build a website, and I should have footage of the TV show I did coming to me so that y’all can here what my solo material sounds like. I hope to make an album at some point next year, as soon as possible. Working on getting more solo gigs which I will hopefully announce soon.
in the future when all’s well…
Tonight I’ll be playing Threadgills in Austin with Shinyribs. The link above is to the show information. Threadgills is one of my favorite hangs and places to see music in Austin. I don’t always come across in person as super approachable, but this is not by design. If you see me and want to discuss, argue, condemn, or debate anything I have written here I am always up for a good conversation.
Tomorrow I am going on tour with Shinyribs. You can check out the dates at:
This is a tour of the South which is leading up to our appearance at Albino Skunk Music Festival. I’ve heard that this is a great festival and I’m looking forward to playing it. I stole the blog title from the hilariously named biography of James Maker. I always feel a little bit like I’m stroking myself off when I promote my own shit. One of my favorite singles of recent years is Maker’s Born That Way:
Singing tonight at ACL live with Eric Burdon of the Animals. Sometimes life takes on surreal proportions. What a strange and crazy night! Hopefully this performance will make its way on TV later this year as it was being filmed. Tonight was a special tribute to the British Invasion and was headlined by The Animals and The Zombies. Shinyribs played earlier in the night. We performed a version of The Rolling Stones’ Heart of Stone and She’s About a Mover with Shawn Sahm. The pic above is from the big sing along at the end of the night to The Animals We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place.