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Split Lip Rayfield

Split Lip Rayfield – 1998 (Bloodshot)

Reviewed by Stephen L. Betts

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Fans of high-energy alt-country acts like the Bad Livers and Robbie Fulks ought to go plum loco over the breathless country-rockin' sound of Split Lip Rayfield.

They offer a non-stop barrage of delightfully twisted country tunes, with flashes of bluegrass, rockabilly and punk tossed into the slightly pungent mix. The Kansas-based trio (referred to in their hilarious (if mostly un-reprintable) bio, as "horsemen of the bluegrass apocalypse") run through the 15 tracks at such a furious breakneck pace that it's over before you know it, and you're instantly ready for more. While they may be singing about familiar country music themes, such as cars, tractors, hillbillies and liquor, don't expect to digest much of the lyrical content until at least a third or fourth listen.

There may little profundity found here, but the group's unbridled enthusiasm coupled with their obvious, and oh so charming, lack of regard for any particular format, make Split Lip Rayfield a developing force to be reckoned with.