Tuesday, January 24, 2012
– The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show signed with Pinecastle Records, it was announced Tuesday.
Take Me Back" will be released this summer as the group's first CD for the label after several on Rebel.
"I am excited about our recent signing with one of the most legendary record labels in bluegrass music. As I look forward to our first release I consider it a honor to be a part the Pinecastle artist roster which includes some of the most influential artists known to the genre," she said.
"'Take Me Back' is primarily a collection of tunes I heard and learned while growing up in Texas in the mid sixties (about 45 years ago)," he said.
The material covers songs by Don Gibson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Willie Nelson and Floyd Tillman. Shiflett wrote the gospel song, Open up your Heart (and let Jesus In) for the disc.
Hailing from Texas, Shiflett brings classic country and bluegrass music to the stage with a single mic.
In 2006, they were recipients of the IBMA "Album of the Year" award for their participation in the "Celebration of Life" album on the Skaggs Family Records label.
The band recorded three previous CDs, including a self-titled disc in 1999, "In Full Color" (2002) and "Worries On My Mind" (2003)
The current line-up for The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show includes: Karl Shiflett (lead vocals/rhythm guitar). Kris Shiflett (acoustic upright bass), Chris Hill (banjo/harmony vocals), C.J. Lewandowski (mandolin/harmony vocals) and Billy Hurt (fiddle).