Split Lip Rayfield are bluegrass outlaws from Wichita (kansas)
that play home-made bass (Jeff Eaton), banjo (Eric Mardis) and acoustic guitar
with the drunk exuberance of city-pub punks.
Split Lip Rayfield (Bloodshot, 1998) was the manifesto of their
Like Bad Livers and 1980s' cowpunks, they
rip through songs of chronic loss and emargination at lightning speed,
shouting apocalyptic wit and desperation over the non-stop barrage of
epileptic drum-less rhythms
(Pinball Machine, Barnbunker, Combine).
In The Mud (Bloodshot, 1999) is a more mature album, although for the
most part simply charges full-throttle
(Thirteen, Glory of The Sun).
But the band unveils a few original directions, like the
sarcastic swing of Devil or the drunk waltz of 3/2 Flu
even evoking in EZ St the
immortal Holy Modal Rounders.
Recorded with the addition of mandolinist Wayne Gottstine
Never Make It Home (Bloodshot, 2001) features the usual dose of
fast-paced slapsticks (Kiss of Death) and old-fashioned ditties
(Never Make It Home), but also better constructed
songs like Moving to VirginiaDime Store Cowboy.
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