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Never Make It Home

Split Lip Rayfield Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1. Movin' To Virginia
2. Record Shop
3. Never Make It Home
4. Thief
5. Love Please Come Home
6. Used To Call Me Baby
7. PB24SS
8. Kiss Of Death
9. Drink Lotsa Whiskey
10. Mister
11. River
12. It's No Good
13. Dime Store Cowboy
14. Day The Train Jumped The Tracks

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A string band with a mean streak and a standup bass fashioned from a gas tank, Wichita's picking punks earned their reputation by beating tradition into submission. But with Never Make It Home, their third effort, Split Lip discovers that playing it (comparatively) straight can yield satisfying results. This most welcome surprise is spurred by the emergence of Wayne Gottstine, the quartet's flashy but always solid mandolinist, as a stellar singer and songwriter to rival bandleader Kirk Rundstrom. Fans of the Gourds' Jimmy Smith will find a lot to like in Gottstine's handful of tunes, from the jaunty "Movin' to Virginia" to the mopey "Used to Call Me Baby". Elsewhere, Split Lip proves they can still play like they're blowing a tollbooth, especially on another Gottstine original, "River", and the disc's pair of covers, "Love Please Come Home" and "Day the Train Jumped the Tracks". --Anders Smith-Lindall

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5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Kansas May 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Kansas may be the flatest state in the Union, but they've produced some sharp artists through the years. Split Lip Rayfield is just one such, a kick-ass bluegrass ensemble that plays traditional music with one of the sharpest edges out there today. In a day and age when Oh Brother Where Art Thou threatens to trap bluegrass in a Depression-era museum case, Split Lip Rayfield plays string band music for the new milennium.
The only unifyning theme on this album is the undisputed picking power of the artists. It's all string music--no keys, no drums, just strings. But there's no risk of it all sounding the same. From upbeat rockers like Kiss of Death to honky-tonk beauties like Drink Lotsa Whiskey, country chestnuts like Love Please Come Home to iconoclasty like Dime Story Cowboy, this album never gives you a chance to take the band for granted.
Split Lip Rayfield is famous for their live shows, and of course an album can never match up to that. Still, this is shimmy music for Hell's own square-dance. If you want a string band album that will make you jump out of your chair and scream for more, this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best To Date Nov. 17 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The way Kirk Rundstrom and Wayne Gottstine trade greats songs on "Never Make It Home" reminds me of the way Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir used to alternate classic tunes on Dead albums. And to carry the analogy further, this disc may be SLR's "Workingman's Dead." A real turning point for the band. Also, hat's off to Eric Mardis for contributing the best track on the disc -- "Kiss of Death." This is SLR's best yet. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YEEEE HAAAAA!! July 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
These guy's just keep gettin' better.The harmonies are right on.Every track a Gem!I can't wait to see them live.Come on out to St.Louis,boy's!!
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