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Worries on My Mind
     

Worries on My Mind

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by Karl Shiflett
 
From the first bit of fiddling on Worries on My Mind, Karl Shiflett and company seem to know what they're about. The guitar, banjo, and dobro jump right in, followed by Shiflett's backwoods vocals and a distinct blend of harmony on each chorus. Some would just call it old-fashioned bluegrass and leave it at that, but there's a flavor that strikes a well-met

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From the first bit of fiddling on Worries on My Mind, Karl Shiflett and company seem to know what they're about. The guitar, banjo, and dobro jump right in, followed by Shiflett's backwoods vocals and a distinct blend of harmony on each chorus. Some would just call it old-fashioned bluegrass and leave it at that, but there's a flavor that strikes a well-met balance between Jimmy Martin and blues-flavored country. Andy Ruff's dobro occasionally sounds like a laptop steel out of an old Hank Williams song, and a number of banjoist Jake Jenkins' songs mine the honky tonk terrain like there's no tomorrow. "If I Could Take You Home" is a rousing ode to true love and infidelity, while "Turn Around" will make the listener long for an old scratchy Ernest Tubb record. Even the instrumentals -- "Bobo's Boogie" and "Hoss Fly" -- impress, and the band's cover of "I Still Miss Someone" is raggedly fresh. The odd track out is "How Wrong a Man Can Be," sung by Jim Lauderdale. It isn't a bad song, and Lauderdale's a fine singer, but his style seems much more modern than Shiflett's. It's easy to get the impression with so many retro bands -- be they bluegrass, rock, or jazz -- that the players are simply going through the motions. The moment the laser hits the disc on Worries on My Mind, however, it's evident that the Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show are the real deal.

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Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Rebel Records
UPC:
0032511179227
catalogNumber:
111792

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Worries on My Mind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karl's back with his brand of honky-tonkin' country and retrograss. His third release for Rebel Records has twelve cuts with seven originals written by the band's banjo-player, Jake Jenkins. Shiflett sings with a lot of pep and vinegar, and "If I Could Take You Home" is a favorite. Another standout track is definitely "How Wrong A Man Can Be" with a guest appearance by Jim Lauderdale singing lead. Mandolinist Randy Lindley contributed the bouncy "Bobo's Boogie," while dobroist Andy Ruff composed "Each Night I Dream of a Lady," a song he sings solo with a real nice old-fashioned country twang. Jenkins' instrumental, "Hoss Fly" is a barn-burner. Covers from Johnny Cash ("I Still Miss Someone"), Terry Fell ("Truck Driving Man"), and Virginia Stauffer ("I Live in the Past") round out the project. Since they formed in 1993, The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show have exhibited a great deal of hard work, effort and dedication to preserving a traditional style of country music. They were recipients of the 2001 International Bluegrass Music Association's "Emerging Artist Award." In 2002, they were nominated for the Entertainer of the Year Award, and Jake Jenkins was nominated for Banjo Player of the Year. The band includes lead vocalist Karl Shiflett (rhythm guitar), Kris Shiflett (upright bass), Jake Jenkins (banjo), Randy Lindley (mandolin), Chuck Westerman (fiddle), Andy Ruff (dobro), and Billy Box (percussion). Lindley sings solo lead on "I Live in the Past," and the band's quartet is featured on the album's gospel closer, "Oh Lord, I Pray." Inspired by the spirit and soul of bluegrass music, these guys are rejuvenating and promoting an exciting classic sound of yesteryear. Gathering around their single ribbon mic labelled "KSBC," the band takes an earthy approach to their music which recalls the day when country, bluegrass and old-time mountain music were very nearly the same and radio stations played it all. For some genuinely guttural music that also makes the heart feel good, "Worries on my Mind" is a good choice. The crisp and clean sound quality is in-your-face excellent. Back in the fifties, I'd call this album hunkydory. I guess that description would still hold true today. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karl’s back with his brand of honky-tonkin’ country and retrograss. His third release for Rebel Records has twelve cuts with seven originals written by the band’s banjo-player, Jake Jenkins. Shiflett sings with a lot of pep and vinegar, and “If I Could Take You Home” is a favorite. Another standout track is definitely “How Wrong A Man Can Be” with a guest appearance by Jim Lauderdale singing lead. Mandolinist Randy Lindley contributed the bouncy “Bobo’s Boogie,” while dobroist Andy Ruff composed “Each Night I Dream of a Lady,” a song he sings solo with a real nice old-fashioned country twang. Jenkins’ instrumental, “Hoss Fly” is a barn-burner. Covers from Johnny Cash (“I Still Miss Someone”), Terry Fell (“Truck Driving Man”), and Virginia Stauffer (“I Live in the Past”) round out the project. Since they formed in 1993, The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show have exhibited a great deal of hard work, effort and dedication to preserving a traditional style of country music. They were recipients of the 2001 IBMA's "Emerging Artist Award." In 2002, they were nominated for the Entertainer of the Year Award, and Jake Jenkins was nominated for Banjo Player of the Year. The band includes lead vocalist Karl Shiflett (rhythm guitar), Kris Shiflett (upright bass), Jake Jenkins (banjo), Randy Lindley (mandolin), Chuck Westerman (fiddle), Andy Ruff (dobro), and Billy Box (percussion). Lindley sings solo lead on “I Live in the Past,” and the band’s quartet is featured on the album’s gospel closer, “Oh Lord, I Pray.” Inspired by the spirit and soul of bluegrass music, these guys are rejuvenating and promoting an exciting classic sound of yesteryear. Gathering around their single ribbon mic labelled “KSBC,” the band takes an earthy approach to their music which recalls the day when country, bluegrass and old-time mountain music were very nearly the same and radio stations played it all. For some genuinely guttural music that also makes the heart feel good, “Worries on my Mind” is a good choice. The crisp and clean sound quality is in-your-face excellent. Back in the fifties, I’d call this album hunkydory. I guess that description would still hold true today. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)