Karl Shiflett to Patuxent Music

Karl Shiflett - photo by Ted LehmannThe next album from Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Sho-Nuff Country, will be released on Patuxent Music. Their signing with the Maryland label run by musician and audio engineer Tom Mindte was announced last week.

Like their last project, Sho-Nuff Country is a collection of country favorites that Karl recalls hearing on the radio growing up in Texas in the 1960s. It will include his old time bluegrass versions of songs made famous by Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Don Gibson, Hank Thompson, George Jones, Bill Monroe, and The Carter Family.

After seeing two members of his band, Billy Hurt and Brennen Ernst, record successful projects with Patuxent, Shiflett decided to record there in December. He and the band spent four days there early last month, recording tracks live in the studio.

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show in the studio (December 2016) - photo © Michael G. Stewart“It’s a real pleasure to record and work with a top notch professional sound engineer like Tom Mindte.

He has a real interest and passion for the music and the musicians and it’s evident in every recording he produces.”

The new project will contain seven country classics sung by Karl, and four instrumentals with his hot band. Also featured are four vocals from Hurt and Ernest, two in duet style. All will be performed in Shiflett’s retrograde fashion, looking back towards the earlier glory days of bluegrass and country music from the 1940s through the 1960s.

And Karl speaks very highly of his group, which includes Hurt on fiddle, Ernst on banjo, Kris Shiflett on bass, Justin Harrison on mandolin, and Dany Bureau on scrub board.

Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show in the studio (December 2016) - photo © Michael G. Stewart“This band without a doubt is the most versatile edition of the KSBC Show I have ever worked with. As a group we are playing music that is dear to our hearts for we all share a deep love, respect and passion for bluegrass and old time country music. When I listen to what we laid down, I think about our musical heroes, and the various styles that developed during the Golden Age of Country Music. Each style distinctively different yet each influencing and overlapping the other.

I take great pride in presenting and showcasing a band that has the ability, knowledge and talent to present such a broad spectrum of musical styles. If your a fan of bluegrass, ole-time fiddling, western swing, honky tonk and classic country our new CD SHO-NUFF COUNTRY is custom made for you.”

No official release date has been announced from Patuxent, but Karl expects it to hit sometime this Spring.

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