Lonesome Onry and Mean: Sideman Supreme Rick Shea Hits the Mucky Duck

Rick Shea is one of the most in-demand sidemen in the Los Angeles area. Seven years on the road with Dave Alvin certainly boosted Shea's profile outside the L.A./SoCal scene, but the Alvin gig is only one of many. Shea cut his teeth in the truck stops and roadhouses in his native San Bernardino and has played with Angeleno psychedelic country faves I See Hawks In L.A., eclectic Mexican roots band Tremoloco, honky-tonk angel Heather Myles and about anyone else who needs a guy as handy with a lap steel as he is with a Telecaster.

Along the way, Shea has managed to record five albums of his own, a stellar honky-tonk duets album with Patty Booker, and an old timey roots album with fiddle ace Brantley Kearns. Shea has just released Shelter Valley Blues, his latest solo effort, and it picks up with the same dry desert sound that made his 2000 release Sawbones such a stellar effort.

Shea will be joined by songwriter Mike Stinson, who has just moved to Houston from Los Angeles. Stinson and Shea go way back, so this should be a fine writers-in-the-round show.

6 p.m., Sunday, October 4, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999 or www.mcgonigels.com.

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