James Alan Shelton benefit concert this month

lamplightFollowing the recent passing of James Alan Shelton, several of his friends and admirers in Kingsport, TN are putting on a benefit concert in his name. Monies raised will be donated to James’ widow, Greta Shelton, to assist with such medical bills as may remain outstanding.

A bevy of top bluegrass talent will assemble on Sunday, June 29 to offer a tribute to James at the Lamplight Theatre in Kingsport. On the bill is Blue Highway, Ralph Staney & The Clinch Mountain Boys – with whom Shelton performed for the past 20 years – Paul Williams, Audey Ratliff, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, and Trey Hensley. These are all artists who knew James well, and who are donating their time to honor his legacy.

There is no admission fee for this show, which will run from 3:00-10:00 p.m., but donations will be accepted on site. The venue seats 350 people, and the promoters expect folks to be coming and going all day.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to assist with medical bills, checks can be sent (made out to Greta Shelton) to:

129 Will Simpson Rd
Church Hill, TN 37642

This sounds like a great send off for a beloved bluegrass artist.

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