The Gourds didn't invent the idea of a ragtag roots-rock band spicing up its set with hip-hop and R&B covers, but thanks to their cover of Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" (endorsed by the Doggfather himself), everybody probably thinks they did. But Gourds co-frontman Kevin Russell, playing as solo alter ego Shinyribs, managed to outdo even "Gin and Juice" Wednesday night at the Volcano.
Although his excellent hour-plus set included other standouts like "Shreveport" from the Gourds' brand-new album Haymaker! and a tender cover of TLC's "Waterfalls," Rocks Off thought the highlight of the night was Russell's version of R.Kelly's tautological 2000 exercise in misogyny, "Feelin' on Yo Booty."
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Swapping out Kelly's plinking Oriental melody for a glistening Glen Campbell-esque country chord progression, Russell brought out the loneliness of lyrics like "Now your body's got me feelin' like spending/ With a back room I could come to live in" in a way that completely transcended irony. He turned a song that, at best, is a textbook example of Kelly's rampant egomania into something that might actually work as a come-on.
Players wanna play, ballers wanna ball, rollers wanna roll. Well done, Shinyribs. Carry on.