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Split Lip Rayfield is a vocal and instrumental group from Wichita, Kansas, which has been influenced by a wide range of music.
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The band was started in 1995 by Kirk Rundstrom (guitar), David Lawrence (banjo) and Jeff Eaton (bass). Immediately after its formation Bloodshot Records signed the band. Rundstrom's earlier band, metal-country act ‘Scroat Belly' was also signed to the same label; hence it was a bit easier for Split Lip Rayfield to get the recording deal. In the beginning Eaton used a home made one-string bass, named Stitchgiver, made from a Ford truck gas tank and a piece of hickory and strung with one piece of Weedwhacker line.

A year after its formation, Lawrence quit the group and was replaced on banjo by Eric Mardis, a guitarist from Lawrence, Kansas. In 1998 the band came out with its eponymous album ‘Split Lip Rayfield' which was followed by ‘Bloodshot' the same year. After the release of the album, Wayne Gottstine, a former member of ‘Scroat Belly', joined the group on mandolin. Apart from his duty as a mandolin player, Gottstine sometimes performed the duties of a vocalist and guitarist.

After the addition of the new member the band came out with its album ‘In the Mud', in 1999. The album spawned hit singles like Gottstine's ‘3.2 Flu', Rundstrom's ‘Devil', and Mardis' ‘Hounds'. After the release of the album the band hit the road in support of the album. The quartet came out with yet another album ‘Never Make It Home', which replicated the success of its predecessor. The band once again embarked on a tour, to support the album; wherever it performed it was greeted with great enthusiasm. After the tour, the band took a short leave to focus on its families and other side projects.

After a while the quartet got together and went to New Orleans to record an album with friend and fellow performer Mike West. The album ‘Should Have Seen It Coming' became a critical as well as a commercial success.

In 2005, Gottstine quit the group, however he returned in 2006 after Kirk Rundstrom was diagnosed with cancer. The reunited band set off on another tour and played its last show with all its members, on December 8, 2006, at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita. Rundstrom breathed his last on February 22, 2007 in Wichita.

Selected Discography:

  • Should Have Seen It Coming- 2004

  • Never Make It Home- 2001

  • In the Mud- 1999

  • Split Lip Rayfield- 1998

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