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Shinyribs (Kevin Russell from The Gourds) w/ Ben Morris and the Great American Boxcar Chorus
March 28, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell is front man for he Austin-based country band The Gourds. You already know & love him, Shinyribs is the solo project of Kevin Russell, the frontman of the Gourds.
BEN MORRIS AND THE GREAT AMERICAN BOXCAR CHORUS
Ben Morris & the Great American Boxcar Chorus – a long name, but it’s one worth remembering – are still in the early years of their collective musical mission, but they’ve already made their way around Texas with the scrappy grace of a young band that will go to any length to make themselves heard. With over a hundred and fifty full-band gigs already under their belt, and with their first proper full-band album (Underground Railroad, self-released) set for release in Spring 2009, the College Station-based band is looking to retrace their steps across the bars, music halls and festivals of the Lone Star State (and beyond) while blazing new trails, winning over new fans as they introduce a new set of tunes and ideas to the world.
The Boxcars’ (for short) music is easy to enjoy but difficult to define, drawing on countless influences and touching on many genres. Different songs evoke different combinations of driving bar-band country, adventurous indie-rock, catchy mainstream rock and lyrically driven folk. The depth and resonance of Morris’ baritone vocals have earned comparisons to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, but he stops short of imitating such musical legends (aside from the occasional cover song) and instead collaborates with his bandmates to create something original and new.