On Tour This Weekend

Going on tour this weekend with Shinyribs.  I’ll be in Fort Worth tonight, Oklahoma City tomorrow, and Dallas On Saturday.  For details go to:

Shinyribs Show Schedule

I’m bringing my computer so that I can keep posting at a regular rate.  Today may be a little slow as I am trying to get ready to go on the road with a crushing hangover.  Life!

If you read this blog on a regular basis and want to say hi and talk about a certain topic or issue, please do.

In the future when all’s well…

Jeff

Steamboat MusicFest

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Shinyribs Steamboat Dates

For the next week I’ll be at the the Steamboat MusicFest with Shinyribs.  I’m bringing my computer along so I can keep things updated.  Still, tomorrow I might be a bit off the grid as I travel.  I don’t ski, so I hope to read as many books and listen to as much music as possible between shows while I’m there.  That’s the plan anyway…

Here is the website for the festival itself:

Steamboat MusicFest

Make it Shiny

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Make it Shiny

Above is a profile of Shinyribs band leader Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell in Texas Highways Magazine.  I play bass with this project.    I can neither confirm or deny any pertinent information in the above article.  The owls are watching.  For those of you that are interested, this article will give you some idea as where a good deal of the Shinyribs sound comes from.  It’s definitely music that has a regional flavor, although that being said it is extremely varied and largely accessible.

Kev has kept me gainfully employed these last several years for which I am grateful for.  Just in this last year I got to record with Shawn Sahm and the family of Ted Hawkins.  I also got to sing on stage with Eric Burdon, Ian McLagan, among others.  None of these things would have happened for me if Kev hadn’t decided a couple of years ago to work with me.  Hell, one of the only reasons I can work on this blog as much as I do is that it fits in nicely with a musicians schedule.

I should mention that we will be playing the State Theater in Austin, Texas on New Years Eve.  If you are in the area get tickets soon as they are going fast.

Show Tonight and The Fruits of Debate

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.

The Amazing Ted Hawkins

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.

Shows This Week

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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
Song swap
Strange Brew
Austin, Texas
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:

Shinyribs Tour

In the future when all’s well…

Jefferson Brown

Shows, Shows, Shows

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:

http://shinyribs.org/shows.html

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…

Jefferson