Karl Shiflett grew up in Texas with a love for traditional country music, learning to sing and play guitar at the age of nine. His musical influences include Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and many others. He began his professional career in bluegrass music as a side man in the 1980’s and organized The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show in 1993. Highly respected by fans and peers alike, Shiflett is one of the most recognizable and identifiable names in bluegrass music. His passion to keep the spirit of the past alive in his music has gained him widespread acclaim as a musician, singer and entertainer.
Deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass music Shiflett blends elements of classic country, western swing and honky-tonk creating a sound uniquely his own. He is perhaps best known for his highly entertaining retro stage show. Even the name of his act, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, lends itself nostalgically to the entertaining stage shows of the string bands of the 1940’s and 50’s. A veteran entertainer and performer, Shiflett possesses a wealth of old school knowledge. His time spent as a sideman with The Legendary Sullivan Family proved to be invaluable. While cutting his teeth with the Sullivan Family and watching legendary performers like Bill Monroe, Karl learned the ropes by observing the masters at work.
Today, Karl continues to carry the torch for traditional bluegrass music, having found his own unique niche along the way. His unwavering devotion for the classic sounds of yesteryear along with his heart felt gratitude toward his many loyal fans makes him the ideal ambassador for bluegrass music.
Presenting House Concerts in an Intimate Outdoor Setting.
David Grier has been playing guitar for nearly 50 years and is considered one the premier acoustic guitarists in the world today. David has received a long list of accolades including being named one of the artists of the decade by Guitar Player magazine in 2000, winning the IBMA for guitar player of the year three times, and playing on four Grammy winning albums.
At an early age Sterling Abernathy developed a long and lasting love of folk and bluegrass music from listening to his grandfather play and sing folk tunes. Sterling started playing the guitar at age six and discovered the mandolin a few years later. By the age of 13 he was touring professionally as part of the band Rockin' Acoustic Circus. In his last semester of high school, Sterling relocated to Nashville to be more closely engaged with its dynamic music scene.
David and Sterling met in Nashville and began jamming together. They have played a few shows together in the Nashville area, but this will be the first time they take the show on the road. This marks the return of both David and Sterling to the Oak Tree Concerts stage. Sterling played with Mustered Courage last June and David played with Helen Highwater String Band in October.