Shinyribs Russell is known as the front man of the Austin TX musical combo, The Gourds. Born in Beaumont TX, Russell grew up in the Church of Christ where he found his calling in the biker bars of Louisiana at the tender age of seventeen, playing a hybrid of loud country blues rock and psychedelic swamp jangle for the grumpy ingrates congregated there. The Gourds formed in 1994 and have become a favorite of the Americana/Hippie Jam/Genre Bending scenes of the last 20 years. Russell, in a fit of antsy and wanderlust, began performing solo shows under the pseudonym Shinyribs as early as 2006. The name was given to him by a transient in return for a meal of BBQ Russell provided to her. After playing a monthly show in Houston for the last two years, he has honed Shinyribs into one of the most interesting roots music experiences around.