Following a lineage of deep rooted, upbeat progressive country bands from Austin, Tex., Shinyribs is the solo spawn of The Gourds’ guitar and vocalist Kevin Russell. If that band name vaguely rings a bell, it can probably be attributed to their infamous bluegrass rendition of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice.” Raised in Beaumont, Tex., and musically trained in the biker bars of Louisiana, Russell has sculpted a sonic balance of twangy and reflective vocals embedded in contagious song writing. Starting in 2006, Russell started looking for an outlet to perform his extensive stockpile of solo material. That skillful mixture of swamp folk and Americana roots has taken his high energy acoustic display on tour through his home state and beyond. As part of the town’s free concert series, this Thursday he departs from his weekly residency in Houston and lands in Ridgway Town Park for a rowdy night of bayou rock‘n’roll.
The Brothers Comatose Return to Telluride
This quintet of high-energy progressive bluegrass from San Francisco ignited foot-stomping and lively dance at the Bean on Friday night. Despite challenges with their tour van and a low turnout, the Morrison brothers and crew pushed through technical renditions of far West Coast picking and soulful harmonization. Ranging from speed-grass instrumentals with "Pennies Are Money Too" to a heartfelt hangover ballad on "Feels Like the Devil," the new wave of genre-blending bluegrass channeled through the dexterous digits and vitality-laced vocal cords of the band. Although not always credited as a hub for the genre, banjo player Alex described the Northern California string scene, saying, "There is actually a large base of dedicated bluegrass fans that come out to our shows to dance and have a great time. That's what it is about, right?" The boys continue on through Colorado to Oregon and Washington to support their new self-titled album and spread their newfound regional success. "We really love coming to Telluride, and feel fortunate to be able to play here again. We will be back!” Alex exclaimed, with a grin he wore the entire time on stage.
Local Funk Trio BluOrbit Blasting Space Jazz at The Moon
Locally grown funked-out jazz quartet BluOrbit flexed some tight chops during a two set showcase at Fly Me to the Moon Saturday night. Led by resounding organ chords from Ryan McCurry, and scorching hollow body guitar craftwork by Mike Pale, the quartet’s rhythm section of Mike Enriquez on bass and Neil Hemphill took the Moon into pocket groove stratospheres and experimental blast offs. Taking risks on free form jazz sections, the band missed a few changes, only to use the opportunity to push deeper into dance-worthy peaks, and traditional syncopated rhythm layered on top of constant bass drops. These hometown soul machines are brewing Telluride’s version of The New Mastersounds and should be tracked by everyone’s music satellite in the Western Slope.
Grammy Award Winning Son of Reggae Legend Spreads Jah Love
With the release of Marley last month, the in depth documentary that looks into the life of reggae legend and activist Bob Marley, it seems fitting that his kin would land in the most beautiful venue in the country to celebrate his legacy. Co-headlining KOTO’s Doo-Dah concert were electronic tribal fusion experts Beats Antique. Warming up an attentive crowd, the outfit extended deep world beats and Middle Eastern strings interpreted by belly dancing and echoing drums. The organic-cybernetic hybrid sound waves willed the constant rain to cease for their standout opening set. As the crowd poured into a less wet Town Park, many soaked up the sonic vibes and danced around in elaborate costumes. By the time Ziggy played through his impressive catalog of pop-reggae freedom ballads and love anthems, the crowd was roaring for him to return to the stage for an extended encore. Even after his biggest hit, “True To Myself,” the fans continued to echo their approval with loud hoots that ricocheted throughout the valley.