Tag: James Alan Shelton

James Alan Shelton hospitalized

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

James Alan Shelton, long-time guitarist with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, has been hospitalized in Tennessee. He shared the following statement about his condition. Folks, I have not had a chance to explain to you what is going on with my health issues. […]


George Shuffler laid to rest

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

This report (and photos) from George Shuffler’s funeral service yesterday comes from Becky Johnson, host of The Bluegrass Breakdown Show. It airs Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) at wcomfm.org. The sun was bright and the skies a dark Carolina blue as I made my way out of […]


James Alan Shelton remembers George Shuffler

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

This remembrance is a contribution from James Alan Shelton, guitarist with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Today marks the passing of a true bluegrass legend and a personal guitar hero to many of us who have aspired to learn the Shuffler down-down-up crosspicking roll. […]


The Big 2-0 for James Alan Shelton

| February 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

James Alan Shelton is coming up on a major milestone, marking 20 years as a member of Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. In a time when few bands last two decades, this is something to really be proud of. His is the third […]


Myron Dillman passes

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Myron Dillman, 79, of Peru, Indiana, the father of Dwight Dillman, owner and operator of the Bean Blossom Bluegrass festivals, passed away on Sunday, November 3, while in St Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born on 17 June, 1934. He had been fighting cancer, widespread […]


George Shuffler inducted into Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass HoF

| August 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

This report on bluegrass icon George Shuffler is a contribution from Richard Thompson and James Alan Shelton. Crosspicking bluegrass guitar pioneer George Shuffler is to be inducted into Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at a ceremony during the 39th […]


Shelton Straps – How They’re Made

| March 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

While it would be nice if life could consist of all bluegrass, all the time, that’s definitely not the reality for most musicians. In their off time, many bluegrass musicians have other careers, often somehow related to the music business. James Alan Shelton, longtime guitar […]


Echoes of the Blue Ridge and ACMA

| January 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Due in part to the pivotal town of Bristol, northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia have long been known as one of the locations where traditional country music was founded. Bristol, the location of the 1927 recording sessions which put The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and […]


Train 45 video from Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys

| October 17, 2012 | 4 Comments

When Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys performed at the Mid Pointe Music Festival in Cincinnati on September 29, they also shot a video for a local outfit that is restoring the old Emery Theatre there in town. Videographer Michael Wilson met the band on the stage […]


Putumayo Bluegrass Collection searches for new ears

| May 14, 2012 | 4 Comments

You might not agree with all of the song selections and artist choices on Putumayo’s Bluegrass Collection, which comes out May 22, but you have to acknowledge that Putumayo founder Dan Storper is getting the music we love in front of a lot of potential […]