Album Review – Shinyribs’ ‘I Got Your Medicine’

Standing out above the crowd. It’s something I constantly stress about new and upcoming acts. The best way to get your music noticed and be remembered is to be different. Of course you should also be yourself. Shinyribs is a group that embodies both of these things. They are not a new group, but I had honestly not been aware of them. It was buzz that made me go check this group out and reading about them immediately intrigued me. The group is led by veteran musician Kevin Russell, who started the group in 2007. He self-describes the band’s sound as “country soul” and “swamp funk.” The band is known for its fun shows, where Russell frequently dances on stage and even features conga lines through the crowd. Certainly not a common aspect of a country show, but this made me immediately want to dig into Shinyribs’ new album I Got Your Medicine. And I’m sorry I didn’t find this group sooner because they are fantastic. They’re a boatload of fun (fun is a word you’ll see a lot through this review).

The album’s title track is a jovial, organ-driven track with a good dose of horns too. The instrumentation is instantly fun and catchy, a precursor to the rest of the album. “Don’t Leave It a Lie” really shows off Russell’s big, soulful voice, as well as the rich instrumentation once again. The throwback “I Gave Up All I Had” features one of the more serious moments of the album. It’s about a man whose hard luck when it comes to love comes to an end when he falls in love with a woman. This is thanks to him earning the love and respect of her four children and treating them as his own. It’s a real feel good song. The twangy “Trouble, Trouble” is an instant toe-tapper and will get you moving your feet along on the very first listen. I can imagine there’s a lot of dancing for this one at Shinyribs’ shows, but then again what song can’t you dance to on this album? You know you’re in for something fun with a song title like “Tub Gut Stomp & Red-Eyed Soul.” The piano play, guitars and the horns go together perfectly to create a real infectious sound. “I Knew It All Along” is a soulful love waltz that’s a great breather after some real energetic dance tracks.

One of my favorites on I Got Your Medicine is definitely “A Certain Girl.” It recalls a sound from the height of rock and roll in the 60s, as it’s your classic kiss and don’t tell song. An underrated aspect that makes this song so great are the drums, as real and live drums are so satisfying to hear after listening to the drum machine parade on mainstream radio. Shinyribs nail another waltz in “Nothing Takes the Place of You,” a song about a man realizing he can never replace the love he’s lost. The horn play on this is flat-out awesome and it’s just an all-around great song. “Hands On Your Hips” is probably the most fun breakup/cheating song I’ve heard. It’s about a man seeing his woman’s lips on another man’s foot and his hands on her hips. I have to say this is the first country song I’ve heard about foot sucking, but it’s oddly great. There is many fun moments on this album, but the most fun has to be “I Don’t Give a Shit.” It’s a love duet where both sides don’t give a shit about the other, as they say they’re a match made in hell. But deep down they belong together. It’s just so enjoyable and you’ll find yourself instantly singing along to it. Think of it as a modern, more light-hearted version of “You’re The Reason Our Kids are Ugly.”

“Ambulance” is another song where Shinyribs takes a usually grimmer subject and makes it enjoyable. It’s about a man waking up in an ambulance and wondering how the hell he got in it. Never has riding in an ambulance been so catchy. The album closes with another instant feel good song, “The Cross Is Boss.” It’s probably the most enjoyable spiritual/religious song I’ve heard in a while, as Russell sings of Jesus paying the ultimate cost and preaching happy thoughts. Instead of being preachy or falling into cliché territory, the song simply gives thanks and focuses on being positive, which is what I wish more of these songs did. I give Shinyribs a lot of credit for making a spiritual song not only enjoyable, but also appropriately uplifting.

Shinyribs’ I Got Your Medicine is one of those albums that just makes me happy. It’s really what music is all about: making you feel something. I wish there were more groups like Shinyribs who followed their vision and executed it with such tactfulness and honesty. Shinyribs doesn’t play by the “rules” of genres and fit into people’s contrived boxes. Instead they just create what they want and those who want to join the party are welcome to come along. The instrumentation and musicality of this band rank amongst the best. Shine on Shinyribs and never stop being you.

Grade: 9/10

 

Recommend? – Definitely!

Album Highlights: I Don’t Give a Shit, A Certain Girl, Tub Gut Stomp & Red-Eyed Soul, The Cross Is Boss, I Gave Up All I Had, Nothing Takes the Place of You

Bad Songs: None

Wallpaper: None


The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [December 7]

Josh Ritter Sermon Over The Rocks

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks [Up 3]
  2. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time [Down 1]
  3. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10) [Down 1]
  4. Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler [Down 1]
  5. The Black Lillies – Hard To Please (Grade: 9/10)
  6. The Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club (Grade: 8.5/10)
  7. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold 
  8. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats 
  9. Corb Lund – Things That Can’t Be Undone (Grade: 9/10)
  10. Jim Lauderdale – Soul Searching [Up 3]
  11. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love [Down 1]
  12. Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night [Up 2]
  13. Don Henley – Cass County (Grade: 10/10) [Down 1]
  14. The Wood Brothers – Paradise [Down 3]
  15. Ryan Adams – 1989
  16. Tim O’Brien – Pompadour
  17. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – So Familiar
  18. The Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete
  19. Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville (Grade: 9/10) [Up 1]
  20. Various Artists – Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins [Up 3]
  21. Billy Gibbons – Perfectamundo [Down 2]
  22. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10) [Down 1]
  23. Lucero – All A Man Should Do [Down 1]
  24. Jeffrey Foucault – Salt As Wolves
  25. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble 
  26. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours (Grade: 10/10) [Up 1]
  27. Cox Family – Gone Like The Cotton [Up 3]
  28. Webb Wilder – Mississippi Moderne [Down 2]
  29. Bart Crow – The Parade [Up 3]
  30. Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Squelch (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 1]
  31. Cody Jinks – Adobe Sessions (Grade: 9/10)
  32. Shinyribs – Okra Candy [Down 4]
  33. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered 
  34. Shawn Mullins – My Stupid Heart [Up 1]
  35. The Damn Quails – Out of The Birdcage (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 1]
  36. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10) [Up 2]
  37. Samantha Fish – Wild Heart [Up 2]
  38. Shovels & Rope – Busted Jukebox Volume 1 [New]
  39. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain [Down 3]
  40. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love [Down 3]

The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [November 30]

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Lost Time

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time 
  2. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10)
  3. Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler 
  4. Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks
  5. The Black Lillies – Hard To Please (Grade: 9/10)
  6. The Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club (Grade: 8.5/10)
  7. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold [Up 1]
  8. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats [Up 3]
  9. Corb Lund – Things That Can’t Be Undone (Grade: 9/10) 
  10. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love [Down 3]
  11. The Wood Brothers – Paradise [Up 2]
  12. Don Henley – Cass County (Grade: 10/10) [Down 2]
  13. Jim Lauderdale – Soul Searching [Down 1]
  14. Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night [Up 2]
  15. Ryan Adams – 1989 [Up 4]
  16. Tim O’Brien – Pompadour [Down 2]
  17. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – So Familiar [Down 2]
  18. The Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete
  19. Billy Gibbons – Perfectamundo [Up 6]
  20. Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville (Grade: 9/10) 
  21. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10)
  22. Lucero – All A Man Should Do [Down 5]
  23. Various Artists – Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins [Down 1]
  24. Jeffrey Foucault – Salt As Wolves [Up 2]
  25. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble [Down 2]
  26. Webb Wilder – Mississippi Moderne [Down 2]
  27. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours (Grade: 10/10)
  28. Shinyribs – Okra Candy
  29. Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Squelch (Grade: 8.5/10) [Up 1]
  30. Cox Family – Gone Like The Cotton [Down 1]
  31. Cody Jinks – Adobe Sessions (Grade: 9/10) [Up 5]
  32. Bart Crow – The Parade [Up 2]
  33. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered [Down 2]
  34. The Damn Quails – Out of The Birdcage (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 1]
  35. Shawn Mullins – My Stupid Heart
  36. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain [Up 2]
  37. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love
  38. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10) [Down 6]
  39. Samantha Fish – Wild Heart [New]
  40. Steve Forbert – Compromised

The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [November 23]

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Lost Time

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

  1. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time 
  2. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10)
  3. Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler 
  4. Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks [Up 2]
  5. The Black Lillies – Hard To Please (Grade: 9/10) [Down 1]
  6. The Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club (Grade: 8.5/10) [Up 1]
  7. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love [Down 2]
  8. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold [Up 1]
  9. Corb Lund – Things That Can’t Be Undone (Grade: 9/10) [Up 1]
  10. Don Henley – Cass County (Grade: 10/10) [Down 2]
  11. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats [Up 1]
  12. Jim Lauderdale – Soul Searching [Up 1]
  13. The Wood Brothers – Paradise [Down 2]
  14. Tim O’Brien – Pompadour [Up 7]
  15. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – So Familiar [Up 4]
  16. Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night [Up 14]
  17. Lucero – All A Man Should Do [Down 3]
  18. The Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete [Down 3]
  19. Ryan Adams – 1989 [Down 2]
  20. Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville (Grade: 9/10) [Down 2]
  21. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10) [Down 5]
  22. Various Artists – Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins 
  23. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble [Down 3]
  24. Webb Wilder – Mississippi Moderne [Up 2]
  25. Billy Gibbons – Perfectamundo [New]
  26. Jeffrey Foucault – Salt As Wolves [Down 2]
  27. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours (Grade: 10/10) [Down 4]
  28. Shinyribs – Okra Candy [Up 4]
  29. Cox Family – Gone Like The Cotton [Down 2]
  30. Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Squelch (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 2]
  31. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered [Down 6]
  32. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10) [Down 3]
  33. The Damn Quails – Out of The Birdcage (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 2]
  34. Bart Crow – The Parade
  35. Shawn Mullins – My Stupid Heart [Up 4]
  36. Cody Jinks – Adobe Sessions (Grade: 9/10) [New]
  37. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love [Down 4]
  38. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain 
  39. Kevin Gordon – Long Gone Time [Down 3]
  40. Steve Forbert – Compromised [New]

The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown [November 16]

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Lost Time

This is The Americana Airplay Chart Rundown. Every week I’ll post the top 40 from the Americana Airplay chart, which is obtained from AmericanaRadio.org. From the site: “The Americana Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. For more information please visit www.americanamusic.org.”

The goal of this feature is to track and monitor the current most popular music in the Americana realm, as I believe it’s starting to take on a bigger importance in the world of music, especially concerning the current state of country music. In addition it will bring some new names to the site that haven’t been covered here before and could lead to more Americana coverage. It’s also a place to discuss anything going on in the Americana genre at this moment. Be sure to weigh in on the chart in the comments below.

And we have a new #1 for the first time in months!

  1. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Lost Time [Up 1]
  2. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Grade: 10/10) [Down 1]
  3. Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler 
  4. The Black Lillies – Hard To Please (Grade: 9/10) [Up 3]
  5. Patty Griffin – Servant of Love [Down 1]
  6. Josh Ritter – Sermon On The Rocks [Down 1]
  7. The Bottle Rockets – South Broadway Athletic Club (Grade: 8.5/10) [Down 1]
  8. Don Henley – Cass County (Grade: 10/10) [Up 1]
  9. Los Lobos – Gates Of Gold [Down 1]
  10. Corb Lund – Things That Can’t Be Undone (Grade: 9/10) [Up 1]
  11. The Wood Brothers – Paradise [Down 1]
  12. Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats 
  13. Jim Lauderdale – Soul Searching [Up 2]
  14. Lucero – All A Man Should Do
  15. The Dave Rawlings Machine – Nashville Obsolete [Up 3]
  16. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (Grade: 10/10) [Up 12]
  17. Ryan Adams – 1989 [Up 9]
  18. Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville (Grade: 9/10) [Up 2]
  19. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – So Familiar [Down 2]
  20. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble [Down 4]
  21. Tim O’Brien – Pompadour [Up 3]
  22. Various Artists – Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins [Up 5]
  23. Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours (Grade: 10/10) [Down 10]
  24. Jeffrey Foucault – Salt As Wolves [Up 6]
  25. Shawn Colvin – Uncovered [Down 6]
  26. Webb Wilder – Mississippi Moderne [Down 4]
  27. Cox Family – Gone Like The Cotton [Up 11]
  28. Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Squelch (Grade: 8.5/10) [Up 1]
  29. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Grade: 9/10) [Down 4]
  30. Chris Isaak – First Comes The Night [New]
  31. The Damn Quails – Out of The Birdcage (Grade: 8.5/10) [Up 1]
  32. Shinyribs – Okra Candy [New]
  33. Shemekia Copeland – Outskirts of Love [Up 6]
  34. Bart Crow – The Parade [Down 3]
  35. Ashley Monroe – The Blade (Grade: 7/10) [Down 12]
  36. Kevin Gordon – Long Gone Time [Down 3]
  37. Jason James – Jason James 
  38. Amy Helm – Didn’t It Rain [Down 3]
  39. Shawn Mullins – My Stupid Heart [New]
  40. The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival (Grade: 8/10) [Down 19]