By Luke Murray
The Stafford is known around the Brazos for showcasing talent drenched in local flavor; but this weekend, they’re casting their nets outside of the Valley. Last week’s sold-out Ben Rector concert set a forward momentum for the new venue, and this week’s roster is just as exciting and enticing.
MARCH 28 – SHINYRIBS (KEVIN RUSSELL FROM THE GOURDS) W/ BEN MORRIS AND THE GREAT AMERICAN BOXCAR CHORUS
Kevin Russel, the prolific singer and songwriter from The Gourds, will perform as a self-produced project that he’s named…wait for it…Shinyribs. After 18 years of performing as part of the Austin-based band the Gourds, Russel took the reins of his musical future and fronted Shinyribs. After much critical acclaim, Shinyribs has found its footing in Russel’s new arrangement.
Ben Morris & the Great American Boxcar Chorus may be local but they are anything but ordinary. They’ve zig-zagged across the state as much as they’ve crossed over genres, mixing country, indie rock, and folk into an authentic soundscape that takes audiences on aural detours into uncharted territories.
MARCH 29 – HOMEBREW LIVE FEATURING HINDSIGHT W/ HOUNDS OF JEZEBEL, BROTHERS N ARMS & CRITICAL MISFIRE
Hindsight took shape at the turn of the millennium as a heavy-hitting hard rock group. They’ll headline the Stafford’s Homebrew Live evening and be joined by Hounds of Jezebel, a group of seasoned shredders with undeniable chemistry and energizing stage presence.
Getting the crowd warmed up, two bands from the Brazos—Brothers N Arms and Critical Misfire—have emerged from small town roots and take whimsical forays into heavy rock and grunge. Local has never sounded so far way and yet so close to home.
MARCH 30 – ST. CLOUD CD RELEASE SHOW W/ ELIJAH FORD AND THE BLOOM & KRISTY KRUEGER
St. Cloud can take genres like indie or alt country and merge them in ways that appeal both to hillbillies and hipsters. Formed out of the musical partnership of Brian Beken and Shane Walker, the two have chosen the Stafford as a stop on their latest CD release tour.
Elijah Ford, the son of former Black Crowes guitarist, Marc Ford, made his way from California to Austin. On the journey from the golden coast, Ford found inspiration from his old man and yet clinched a sound all his own. With roots buried deep in rock ‘n’ roll terra firma, Elijah has two record releases under his belt.
Opening the show is Kristy Krueger, a local favorite once performer laureate at Revolution Cafe and Bar. Her folk music has Texas roots that blend classical and jazz, but Krueger has her own word for her genre: “Ameritronica.” How’s that for a portmanteau?