Wild Wednesday Guest Artist, July 27, 2016
"Shinola Brown has been together for about a year. We are all friends and wanted to have a fun band that wasn't stressful at all. Savory Grain (RVA restaurant) asked Rusty to get a band happening for their 2nd Friday nights and he asked us if we were available! It's been awesome so far! Jason Scott thought of the name - he has an obsession for autumn leaves & shinola. We haven't figured that out yet, but no one else had it for a band name!" - Kelli Strawbridge
Elliot Currie's interest in music began in childhood, influenced by the Blues and soul of Memphis, Tennessee and the Mississippi Delta, his birthplace. He began playing professionaly at age 19, and has since shared stages with such artists as grammy-winning Alt-Country pioneer Steve Earle and Zydeco legend Terrance Simien. He is currently the guitarist and frontman of the Blue Tip Rhythm and Soul Revue, a local Virginia Soul and R&B tribute act.
James "Rusty" Farmer-
Rusty Farmer, bassist, is a native of Richmond, Virginia where he has been performing since his early teenage years. While at VCU, he studied with Clarence Seay, Mark Bernat, Paul Langosch, Victor Dvoskin, Doug Richards, Paul Bedell and John D’earth.
Rusty currently plays with Life On Mars: A Tribute To David Bowie, Gypsy Roots, Mills Family Band, Shinola Brown, Emme St. James, Quatro na Bossa and leads the Butterbean Jazz Quartet. You can see him perform with the Butterbean Jazz Quartet every Sunday night at Bottom’s Up Pizza in Shockhoe Bottom.
Multi-instrumentalist, Jason Scott, is a performer and educator living in Richmond Virginia. He holds a M.A. from New York University and has had the opportunity to study with many renown musicians and composers. He currently performs with several groups within the Richmond area and hopes to continue sharing his love of music with as many people as possible.
Kelli has been playing drums for 20 years with the finest musicians from all over the world, sharing the stage with instrumentalists trumpeter Rex Richardson & Grammy winning artists Terrance Simean, Keller Williams & Snarky Puppy. He currently leads his own band, KINGS, as well as performing in Mekong Xpress, The Big Payback: A Tribute To James Brown, Mikrowaves, Yo Mama's Brass Band & Shinola Brown.