The Karl Shiflett
& Big Country Show
“a bonafide hillbilly music extravaganza”
Howdy folks! Thanks for dropping in. Take your shoes off and sit a spell. Check out the official KSBC website and the latest news.
2015 has arrived. We closed out 2014 in grand fashion at the "Blue Bell Ice Cream" Christmas party in Brenham, Texas with Jason Jenkins the brother of Jake Jenkins who was the original banjo player for the group when we started 22 years ago. Jason has worked for "Blue Bell" for many years and was in charge of entertainment for the Christmas party. He even joined us on a song. A good time was had by all and we have been invited back for the 2015 Christmas party. Looking forward to it.
As we move into 2015 we are also looking forward to seeing each and every one of you in our travels this year.
We are starting the new year with a new member. Mickey Boles from Smyrna , Tennessee has joined the group on mandolin and harmony vocals. Mickey is a good entertainer and a great singer and we welcome him to the band. Mickey has worked with numerous groups over the years having worked most recently with The Gary Waldrep Band. He is probably best known for his time spent with the David Peterson and 1946. Mickey was born in Mississippi but grew up in Texas. I first met Mickey back in the mid to late 80's when he was about 16. He was a good singer then and we would sing and pick together every chance we got. Mickey replaces David Long who replaced C.J. Lewandowski at the end of 2014.
Billy Hurt's new fiddle CD is now available for sale. It's a fiddle CD which features Billy Hurt on fiddle on 18 tunes. Most are old-time fiddle tunes, a few bluegrass tunes, some original tunes Billy wrote and a couple of jazz numbers. Each number features the appropriate backup for authenticity.There are a number of musicians featured on the project including Brennen Ernst, Robert Montgomery, Jeremy Stephens, Kris Shiflett, Danny Knicely , C, J, Lewandowski and yours truly. The project is on the Patuxent Music label out of Rockville, Maryland. It is available on the table at all of our shows , through the Patuxent Music website and of course through Billy personally on face book. It's a good project that everyone needs to add to their music collection.
The band also recently signed with Patuxent Music We are scheduled to go into the studio on March 23rd to record a new CD project. The new project will be called "40 Miles East of West" an amusing catchphrase referring to the geographical location of the area of Texas where I grew up and still live today. The CD will feature a mixture of Bluegrass and Classic Country music performed by the current band. I'll know more about a projected release date after we have recorded. I'll keep you posted.
Make plans now to attend the 49th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana. The 2015 festival will be 10 days, starting on Thursday June 11th thru Saturday June 20th. Reservations can be made on line at www.beanblossom.us or by calling 1-800-414-4677.
We are in the process of building a new website. Since this site was built 15 years ago internet technology has made many advances. Our new site will have everything potential talent buyers will need along with being user friendly for fans as well. Check back often as news and dates are added on a regular basis. Watch for us on RFD-TV and as always we look forward to seeing each and every one of you in our travels in 2015. As we enter our 22st year we extend sincere thanks and gratitude to all who have helped us along the way. Thanks for your continued support and may God Bless you.
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