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All Music Guide - Philip Van Vleck
This debut album from Rebel Records introduces a rock-solid bluegrass outfit from Texas. Guitarist/vocalist Karl Shiflett has a classic grasser's voice, and his five bandmates can certainly pick it. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this group's sound is the way in which touches of country & western musical vocabulary work their way into the otherwise contemporary bluegrass sound. There are times in these tracks when a bluegrass tune feels like it's about to fly off into Texas swing. Shiflett may be a self-professed student of Bill Monroe, but his fiddler, Kirk Brandenberger, has obviously been listening to Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble, and their like. This ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Philip Van Vleck
This debut album from Rebel Records introduces a rock-solid bluegrass outfit from Texas. Guitarist/vocalist Karl Shiflett has a classic grasser's voice, and his five bandmates can certainly pick it. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this group's sound is the way in which touches of country & western musical vocabulary work their way into the otherwise contemporary bluegrass sound. There are times in these tracks when a bluegrass tune feels like it's about to fly off into Texas swing. Shiflett may be a self-professed student of Bill Monroe, but his fiddler, Kirk Brandenberger, has obviously been listening to Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble, and their like. This tension between classic grass and country & western gives Shiflett's music a dynamic that is uncommon in bluegrass and very appealing. In addition, Shiflett and his boys have recorded a song titled "The One I Love Is Gone," which Monroe sang for Shiflett at the 1995 Bean Blossom Festival and suggested it would be a good tune for Shiflett to sing. Monroe never recorded the song. This is an auspicious debut album from a group that seems bound for bigger things.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/1999
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511175229
  • Catalog Number: 111752
  • Sales rank: 300,840

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karl Shiflett Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Tompall Glaser Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Monroe Fields Composer
Steve Chandler Producer, Engineer
Karl Shiflett Composer, Producer
Airshow Mastering
Kirk Brandenberger Producer
W. Walker Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Karl Shifflet presents classical bluegrass as should be heard

    Excellent old time bluegrass. Karl Shiflett has a smooth voice, much like the late Lester Flatt - listen to ''Don't Let Your Deal Go Down''. Entire band is polished, especially Jake Jenkins on banjo and Lyle Meador on mandolin. Delbert's Breakdown performed elegantly by Meador. If you enjoy original Flatt/Scruggs and early Monroe bluegrass you'll enjoy this CD. With so much second rate bluegrass around it's a pleasure to have such a recording come along. Where have these guys been?

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