Columbus, NC -- Take Me Back, the new album from The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, will officially be released on the Pinecastle label in retail outlets on July 17th, 2012. Radio DJs across the country are already spinning the new album which spans the gap between classic country and bluegrass music. Take Me Back, is the first release since 2003 for Karl Shiflett and has been highly anticipated by fans of the band, which has been touring the country regularly for decades.
The album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and at www.pinecastlemusic.com. Fans that pre-order from the Pinecastle website will get an immediate download of the single "Song on the Jukebox," a digital download of the album on the release date, and a CD shipped to them on the release date.
"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),” explains Karl. The material covers songs by Don Gibson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, and Floyd Tillman. There are a couple of new tunes, “Song on the Jukebox” written by Monroe Fields and a gospel song called “Open up your Heart (and let Jesus In),” written by Karl Shiflett.
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).
"Really like Karl Shifflett & Big Countrys' new CD. There's times on my program I need to circle back to a good old fashioned sound or even a classic country tune done up bluegrass style and this right in Karls wheelhouse."
– Jerry Mills, KOLT
Best known for their highly entertaining “Retro” stage show The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show capture - quite winningly- the irrepressible bounce and down-home, audience pleasing, good-naturedness of Classic Country & Bluegrass acts of the 1940’s and 50’s. Hailing from Texas, a state with a rich musical heritage, they have managed to insert their own unique perspective, cultivating a sound that has brought them acclaim as one of the most identifiable and recognizable names in bluegrass music.
The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show officially started in 1993 but did not gain national recognition until 1999 when they signed with Rebel Records becoming a household name within the genre literally overnight. Their debut release went to the top of the charts and featured their signature song “Where the smoke goes up (and the money goes down)”. The group has recorded two additional projects on the same label with numerous original compositions seeing similar chart success including “It’s fall again, “Cold cold love” and “Worries on my mind”.
"We are way overdue to have a CD from Karl!! I have always liked his very distinctive Texas voice and he has drawn pretty well when he has been in our area in the past."
– Bruce Mountjoy, WYEP
The group’s efforts to entertain and preserve a classic “musical art form” has not gone unnoticed. They have been recognized by their peers for various awards and nominations during their career, including the IBMA “Emerging Artist” award in 2001 and nomination for “Entertainer of the year” in 2002. In 2006 the band received the “IBMA “Album of the year” award for their participation in the “Skaggs Family Records” recording, titled “Celebration of life”.
Since 2003 the band has received nationwide exposure on “RFD TV” as featured guest performers on “The Cumberland Highlander Show” filmed at “Bill Monroe’s Home Place” high on “Jerusalem Ridge” near Rosine, KY. In 2008 and again in 2009 the group appeared on the “The Song Of The Mountains” television program filmed at the historical “Lincoln Theater” in Marion, VA. This program is filmed for “PBS” and is aired on about 900 stations across the U.S.
Karl Shiflett also carry’s the distinguished title of “Ambassador of Bean Blossom” at Bill Monroe’s Memorial Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana, the largest and longest running bluegrass festival in the world (since 1966). The group promotes and spreads the word about this legendary music park and it’s events throughout their travels.