The Gourds - Cosmic Country Rockers at Susanna's Kitchen
Photo by Andy Goodwin

Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell, Jimmy Smith, Max Johnston, Keith Langford and Claude Bernard are The Gourds. The band is celebrating with Haymaker, their latest album, 15 years in music and the journey that has taken them through the outer reaches of popular music...and back again.

The Gourds are able to authentically meld styles most would find disparate. "We have made our living melding disparate styles," Russell explains. "...we unabashedly, provocatively play any song or style we feel like."

With an unapologetic country/rock/bluegrass style, the Gourds are a band that millions of people have heard and that many fewer know. A fun band, willing to take chances, the Gourds often bring unusual elements into the mix.  Russell equates this audience experience with "...finding shoes in their fridge, which is a way of saying that one should be open to synchronicity and surprise. Those are things that make consciousness fun."

Come on out and give a listen to what you could call surrealistic roots music. You will not be bored...

Susanna's Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church, usually on the third Thursday of the month in the WUMC fellowship hall and is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, $15 for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales are always available. Doors open at 7 with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.