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Karma Farmers

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Dave Shiflett's "All The Good Men" is as timeless as war itself, and Jeanine Guidry sings like a mourning angel. "When old men talk war, young men will die far away'' —that pretty much sums up every war since the dawn of civilization.

Rick Warner - Bloomberg News


"...Shiflett's latest project is a finely crafted, intelligently written, precisely played one that charms more with repeated listenings. And, despite its title, and despite all the lyrical barbs in songs such as 'Old Man Moan,' this is a package of love songs, singularly conceived and conveyed with a stark, underlying sincerity. Most of the 11 cuts speak of dreams and love with a smart and wry eye and they take a philosophical approach that - may I dare say it - is overall hopeful and humorous...'Nowhere' is a well-written tune featuring unexpected word usage to express the salvation found in love. 'Someplace Fine' is a wonderful bluesy, wistful wish. 'Take My Dreams Away' speaks to the curse all dreamers know too well. On themes apart from love, 'Virgins in Heaven' finds Shiflett commenting on the state of the world with typical downstream humor and he no doubt will go straight to hell for writing it. In addition to creating an estimable batch of songs for the project, Shiflett has enlisted some of the area's best musical gunslingers to round out this fine Bill McElroy recording. Jeanine Guidry provides angelic lead vocals on a couple of tunes and her harmonies on others help support Shiflett's rough-hewn and soft singing style. Bass player Matt Boon stays in the background but adds ever-present underpinning. Tripp Johnson slips in some nifty mandolin fills and Jim Skelding adds to the overall peaceful feel with his graceful fiddle runs. Instrumentally partly jazzy, partly bluesy, partly folkie, the Farmers lyrically are all fun while they discover that special land where dreamers sit back and wonder why."

Ames Arnold - 9X Magazine


Discography

Songs for Aging Cynics (2006)
All the good men - single (2007)

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The Karma Farmers play original acoustic music, usually as a trio, featuring Jeanine Guidry (vocals), Dave Shiflett (vocals, guitar), and Tripp Johnson (mandolin). They are currently promoting two projects: "Songs for Aging Cynics" (a full length CD available on iTunes and CDBaby) and a single, "All the Good Men," available only at www.allthegoodmen.com.

Rick Warner, Bloomberg News, writes that "If Twain and Mencken were alive today, they'd have ``Songs for Aging Cynics" on their iPods." He adds that "Dave Shiflett also writes a mean love song."

We are a fairly new act that has enjoyed good airplay of our CD and new single, which can be found at www.allthegoodmen.com. While we have concentrated on central Virginia gigs, we are now expanding our travel schedule.