Bentley's Bandstand: Shinyribs

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Shinyribs, Well After Awhile, Nine Mile Records

At it’s very best, music is all about surprise, and capturing those moments where we don’t know what comes next–and don’t have to. And who would have thought that one of the very best albums of the year would come from a large man named Shinyribs. Well, if you’re a fervent follower of the Gourds you might, because that’s where this Texan hangs his hat a lot of the time. But just because they’re most likely the greatest rootsy band in the land doesn’t really prepare us for just how strong and full of life Well After Awhile is. The songs practically jump off this disc, crackling with the sparks of hot creation and deep soul. Shinyrib’s funkified voice is equal parts shadetree mechanic and Gulf shrimper, lost in another time when American Idol would  be illegal and autotune grounds for public caning. The notes his voice finds are those that live under old houses outside the city limits, or come from friendly porches when strangers pull up to ask for directions. The wise songs will surely make you a little weak-kneed, and always glad to share the planet with someone so good and true as this. After all, how many people can do Sam Cooke’s treasure “Change is Gonna Come” with only a ukulele and still bring us to tears. That would be a party of one: Shinyribs. For the ages, so seek it now.

Bill Bentley is a writer, musician, publicist, record producer and A&R director. He once played drums with Lightnin’ Hopkins.

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