David Peterson and 1946/The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show (#802)

Two bands dedicated to capturing the mood of classic bluegrass.

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This edition of Jubilee harks back to a time when bluegrass was just breaking onto the scene as David Peterson and 1946 and the Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show put an extra dose of tradition into this traditional music.

David Peterson and 1946 are out to capture the mood of bluegrass music during the years that Bill Monroe had his best-ever band. Peterson sings and plays guitar on everything from old-style Appalachian story songs to rip-roaring, loud and proud yodeling solos. The highly talented Michael Feagan (fiddle), Mickey Boles (mandolin), Duane Bowling (banjo), and Preston Rumbaugh (bass) make up 1946—named for the year that Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Cedric Rainwater, and Chubby Wise went into the studio and created the new sound that was to become known as “bluegrass.”

Next, the Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show, hailing from Texas, presents an all-acoustic, traditional country music set dedicated to the preservation and performance of bluegrass music. With its unique, nostalgic approach (including the traditional one-microphone stage technique) and talent to spare, the band has become one of the most popular bluegrass groups in the nation.

The Big Country Show includes Karl Shiflett on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Kris Shiflett on harmony vocals and acoustic upright bass, Jake Jenkins on harmony vocals and five-string banjo, Lyle Meador on harmony vocals and mandolin, and Kirk Brandenberger and Chuck Westerman on harmony vocals and sharing fiddle duties.