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Among the most beloved and respected entertainers in the music industry today, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show continues to keep the spirit of the past alive with their 'Old School' delivery of Vintage Bluegrass and Classic Country Music.  "Real Country Music" as they like to put it.  Harnessing the synergy and raw edginess of Classic Country Acts of the 1940's and 50's they bring the best of the past to the present with an energized fusion of bluegrass, western swing, honky tonk and classic country music. Delivered in a fast paced, high energy stage show around a vintage RCA ribbon microphone their name has become synonymous with quality family entertainment.

Their latest recording project 'Sho Nuff Country' on Patuxent Music Records was released on November 1st. 2016. Graciously embraced by Country/alternative radio it received widespread airplay ending the month of November in the #1 spot on Airplay Direct's Top 50 Country/Alt.  Albums chart.  It received stellar reviews from both Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Today. The single from the project 'My Bucket's Got a Hole in It' made it's debut in March 2017 at # 20 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 single charts and remained in regular rotation on Sirius/xm radio throughout the year of 2017.  The album peaked at  #7 on the Roots Music Report  Americana Country chart and remained in the charts (in various positions) through most of the year as well. At the end of 2017 the album placed at #37 in the Top 200 Americana Country Album charts for the year. All in all one of the band's most successful recordings in many years.

 As they enter their 25th year The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show continues to make live appearances at select venues, concerts and festivals.They can be heard around the clock on Pandora (internet radio) and can be seen and heard on RFD-TV as occassional guest performers on the long running 'Cumberland Highlander's television program. 

For a down home, audience pleasing, good natured, toe tapping good time this is one band you don't want to miss. Check em out!


Sep 8, 2018
North Hillsdale, NY
Old Tone Roots Music Festival
Sep 19, 2018
Bean Blossom, IN
Bill Monroe Music Park Bean Blossom
Oct 27, 2018
Fort Lauderdale, FL
First Quality Bluegrass Cruise
Oct 28, 2018
Fort Lauderdale, FL
First Quality Bluegrass Cruise
Oct 29, 2018
Fort Lauderdale, FL
First Quality Bluegrass Cruise
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Cody Gressett to Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show has announced that Cody Gressett from Hickory, Mississippi has joined the group on mandolin and harmony vocals. He should be a perfect fit for Karl’s old time bluegrass and original country sound, as Gressett has made a careful study of the music of seminal artists like Bill Monroe and Hank Williams.

He joins an aggressive show that includes Billy Hurt on fiddle, Brennen Ernst on banjo, Kris Shiflett on bass, and Dany Bureau on washboard. Karl plays guitar, sings the lead, wears the hat, and directs the stage activities.

Shiflett says that Cody brings some new excitement to the band, not only for his playing and singing skills, but with the youthful energy he carries at only 18 years of age.

“Cody is a fine vocalist who not only sings all parts but is also a strong lead singer. Cody’s interpretation of early Bill Monroe style mandolin playing fits the band perfectly. It’s rare to hear someone play tremolo in this day and time, and even more so to see someone with an awareness of its importance, and the role it played in the development of mandolin playing in bluegrass music. We look forward to working with Cody and enjoying the contributions his talent will bring to our show.”

Cody responds with his own eagerness to be working with this band.

“Playing with KSBC is a delightful experience and not only a pinnacle in my musical journey but in my life. The level of musicianship and camaraderie in the group is outstanding.”

He joined the group late in April, and can be seen with Karl and the Show on all their appearances in the US and Canada this season.

You can learn more about Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show online.

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KSBC Is Proud to Endorse GHS Strings!

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"GHS Strings are my string of choice. They give me the tone, volume and clarity like no other string on the market. They have never let me down."

- Karl Shiflett