Here is the Shinyribs band playing the Sir Douglas Quintet’s She’s About A Mover with Doug Sahm’s son Shawn Sahm. Cheryl Sahm posted this on Facebook earlier today and it was actually the first time I have seen the footage. It was a great night of fun. Just thought I’d share it with all of you.
Today the video for Old School Austin Groove premiered. It’s a song that is part of the soundtrack for the movie Crazy Carl And His Man-Boobs: An Austin Love Story. Both were filmed by Beef & Pie Productions and you can stream the movie in full for free here. The song was written and performed by Shawn Sahm and Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell. That is Keith Langford, of Shinyribs and the Gourds, holding down the rhythm with myself. The Crazy Carl movie is actually a really great documentary about Austin, despite its seemingly bizarre subject matter, though the title character himself is an interesting character study with a lot of heart for anyone interested in the strange thing we call humanity in general. A must see for anyone that has any interest in the city of Austin past, present, or future.
The recording session and the filming of the video were great fun. If I said any more someone would kill me…
Tonight at 9pm Central the PBS station in Austin will be showing the All ATX – British Invasion tribute show. I participated in this event with Shinyribs and Shawn Sahm. I also somehow got to sneak out on stage for the final number and sing backup vocals with Eric Burdon and The Animals. (Try getting the words right, even to a song you know very well, when Eric Burdon is a few feet from you! It was surreal.) A multi-hour show was cut down to 56 minutes, so I have no idea what footage will even make the final cut. I also volunteered to make some political phone calls today, so I don’t have time to research how and if this footage will be available to those of you not in the Austin area. However, I thought I would at least mention that it is on tonight, because there were some really great performances at this event.
I’ll also be on the road with Shinyribs this weekend. You can view the dates here:
In the future when all’s well…
Today I was over at Shawn Sahm’s house with Kevin Russell and Keith Langford filming a video for a song called Old School Austin Groove. It appeared in the movie Crazy Carl and His Man-Boobs. The movie and the video were directed by Mike Woolf. The Crazy Carl movie is a documentary about an Austin eccentric. However, it uses his story as a jumping off point to tell the history of the counter culture movie of the last few decades. If you are at all interested in this city it is definitely worth checking out. I saw it at its premier at Esther’s Follies and was really taken aback by it. I have been living here now for a number of years and there was so much I didn’t know about the city in the movie. And besides, who can turn down a movie that features man-boobs?
The Shinyribs band is hitting the road for the next couple days. We will be in East Texas. You can get the details at:
Singing tonight at ACL live with Eric Burdon of the Animals. Sometimes life takes on surreal proportions. What a strange and crazy night! Hopefully this performance will make its way on TV later this year as it was being filmed. Tonight was a special tribute to the British Invasion and was headlined by The Animals and The Zombies. Shinyribs played earlier in the night. We performed a version of The Rolling Stones’ Heart of Stone and She’s About a Mover with Shawn Sahm. The pic above is from the big sing along at the end of the night to The Animals We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place.