Clinch Mountain Echo

James Alan Shelton - Standing Room Only

(Freeland Recording Co. FRC-CD-661) 1999


James Alan Shelton - Standing Room Only
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This is a reissue of James Alan Shelton's first 'solo' cassette release, Echoes Of The Past which originally came out in 1990, a few years before he joined the CMB's. James described the album in the liner notes as: "This recording is intended as a tribute to the songs I grew up with and the musicians who played them"... which kind of 'fits' in with the original cassette title, and artwork which looks like it included an old Stanley Brothers poster on the wall. Perhaps Dick Freeland changed the title to 'Standing Room Only' to associate it more with James' role as lead guitar player in the CMB's?

As the cassette is now pretty much impossible to find, the CD is a welcome reissue though and although it resequences the track order, at least it has brought the album to a wider audience.

The CD is pretty much traditional bluegrass, and with backing by Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey and Barry Bales features top drawer picking and backing vocals. Other personnel included Tommy Freeman who had played with James in Flint Hill circa 1982 (in which James played guitar and dobro) and Blue Ridge; plus Shawn Lane[1] & Marcus Smith, who both also played in Blue Ridge. (James played mandolin and banjo in the later outfit).

Not all of the lead vocals are as strong as the instrumental work, on the album, but it is still a decent enough effort and worth a spin.

Track:
Title:
Time:
Lead Vocal:
Tenor Vocal:
Baritone Vocal:
High Baritone Vocal:
Bass Vocal:
Lead Guitar:
Banjo:
Guitar:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Dobro:
Bass:
1
Standing Room Only
02:25
Tommy Freeman
Shawn Lane

Alison Krauss

James Alan Shelton


Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales
Barry Bales

Ray Pennington
2
Gettysburg March
02:45





James Alan Shelton

Marcus Smith
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

James Alan Shelton
3
I Cried Again
02:41
Marcus Smith
Shawn Lane
Adam Steffey



James Alan Shelton
Marcus Smith
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales
Barry Bales

Autry Inman
4
Storms Are On The Ocean
02:44
Tommy Freeman
Shawn Lane

Alison Krauss

James Alan Shelton

Tommy Freeman
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

A.P. Carter
5
Sally Ann
01:40





James Alan Shelton





Barry Bales

P.D.
6
Will You Miss Me
02:25
Phillip Overbey
Shawn Lane
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales
James Alan Shelton

Tommy Freeman

Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

A.P. Carter
7
John Henry
03:33
Phillip Overbey
Shawn Lane



James Alan Shelton
James Alan Shelton
Phillip Overbey
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

P.D.
8
Foggy Mountain Chimes
02:16






James Alan Shelton
Marcus Smith
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

Earl Scruggs
9
Chain Gang
02:41
Tommy Freeman





James Alan Shelton
Tommy Freeman
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

Charlie Moore
10
Down In The Willow Garden
02:52
Tommy Freeman





James Alan Shelton
Tommy Freeman
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

P.D.
11
Little Maggie
01:50






James Alan Shelton
Marcus Smith
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

P.D.
12
Take Me Home Savior
02:05
Phillip Overbey
Shawn Lane
Marcus Smith


James Alan Shelton

Phillip Overbey



Barry Bales

P.D.

 


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