Well After Awhile by shinyribs

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Sep 152010

Kevin Russell has always been the good ol’ boy counter point to Jimmy Smith’s out in the weeds songwriting. So I was afraid when I heard that Kevin Russel’s shinyribs persona was releasing an album I didn’t have high hopes. But I have to say “Well, After Awhile,” despite the uber-generic title, has some of the best damn songwriting I’ve heard. The highlights for me are “East Tx Rust,” “Country Cool,” “Poor People’s Store,” and “Fisherman’s Friend.”