From the blood-red heart of Kansas, Split Lip Rayfield is going stronger than ever.
It's completely fair to call these guys legends. It's been more than two decades since they first mashed up their
aggressive stew of acoustic bluegrass instrumentation, tight country vocals, fierce metal shred and in-your-face
punk sensibilities. One observer said we all "owe them a huge debt for not only defining a sound, but stretching
the possibilities of the acoustic music world. Fans of Flatt & Scruggs and Metallica could find a common tent to
So yeah, they virtually invented "thrashgrass." But
then they kept right on moving as their chops, songs
and selves grew stronger from hard-won experience.
Following the 2007 death of their beloved bandmate and
founder Kirk Rundstrom, SLR reinvented itself by simple
staying the course and continuing to play hundreds of
shows -- and there are hundreds more to go.
Their new material highlights the powerful songwriting
talents of banjo innovator Eric Mardis and mandolin
renegade Wayne Gottstine, while bassist Jeff Eaton
holds it all down with his hand-built one-string
All of that old-school invention and energy is intact, and they still stomp the living hell out of a stage. But their
songs keep getting better, and their sound is sneakier and smarter than ever. “Split Lip Rayfield is still the same
band with the same ideals that we've had for years," said
Gottstine. "But we’re more diverse, sound-wise, than we
have ever been before.”
Their fans know this: Split Lip Rayfield truly delivers.
Every record is a revelation, and every concert is an
unforgettable experience. Don’t miss these guys.