Monday, September 8, 2014
Split Lip Rayfield Old No. Six B/W How Many Biscuts Can You Eat Bloodshot 2003
This Wichita band is legendary for the live shows and their constant touring, yet, if you want the tunes on vinyl, this is it. Out of 7 full length albums none of which were pressed on vinyl, just this lone 7".
In Kansas and everywhere, it seemed as if this band was always in your town playing. When I was in college, I'm pretty sure they packed the Bottleneck at least once a month. And, they did that everywhere they were welcome. If they could pack a club, they'd be there all the time with their raucous brand of bluegrass and alt. country. Unfortunately, in 2007 one of the band's founders, Kirk Rundstrom, passed away. So it would seem they don't gig as much as they once did, but don't be fooled, the band is still out there and playing and recording new tracks.
It's important to mention how important this band is to country/bluegrass scene in Kansas. They've been called the founders of the "Stage 5" sound. Stage 5 is an "unofficial" stage found at Winfield, Kansas' Walnut Bluegrass festival in which the artists that play it often have a less traditional bluegrass sound. It was likely the only place Split Lip Rayfield fit while performing at the festival. This band managed to blow down doors while playing traditional stringed instruments and the sound is found on this 7" just like all the band's output. Highly recommended.
LIVE VERSION of Old No. Six