Split Lip Rayfield

Music
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Enter The Dragon: Split Lip Rayfield Ends Hiatus

After 15 months, Split Lip Rayfield ended their hiatus with a performance on New Year's Eve at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS.
Credit Ryan Hendrix

After nearly 10 years of non-stop touring, the members of Kansas-based band Split Lip Rayfield decided to take a break—an unbelievably long one by the trio’s standards. The hiatus spanned nearly 15 months, starting in October 2012 and ending on New Year’s Eve in Lawrence. The band’s Wayne Gottstine says it was something the members all felt they needed.

“We played a ton of shows in the last couple of years so we needed a little time off to rest up the old man, I guess," Gottstine says. "I think it’s probably one of the longer breaks in the 16 years that Split Lip’s been around.”

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Commentary
7:57 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Musical Space: Merch

An array of Split Lip Rayfield T-shirts that have been for sale through the years.
Credit Split Lip Rayfield

Now that CDs aren’t making money, more of a musician's income is from selling "merch" - merchandise: T-shirts, stickers, guitar picks, etc.

Merch might not be the main part of a band’s revenue stream, but I think it has become a bigger part of the musical experience since the beginning of the digital age.

Merch is essential for the true fan. An MP3 is a transitory and abstract thing; a concert T-shirt on the other hand is tangible and enduring.

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