Clinch Mountain Echo

James Alan Shelton - Echoes Of The Past

(Heartland HR-511) 1990


James Alan Shelton - Echoes Of The Past
Bluegrass Unlimited advert Feb. 1991

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This is James Alan Shelton's debut 'solo' cassette release, which came out 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".

The cassette is now pretty much impossible to find, but fortunately it was reissued on CD as Standing Room Only in 1999, albeit with the track order re-arranged and slightly different artwork. (i.e. what looks like a Stanley Brothers poster is no longer on the wall besides James.)

The album is pretty much straight 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, but this is still a decent enough effort and worth a spin.

'Bluegrass Unlimited' reviewed the cassette in their June 1991 edition, which is where I've nabbed the cover art from. If anyone has a better image they can provide, please get in touch via the Contact page - Thanks!

Track:
Title:
Time:
Lead Vocal:
Tenor Vocal:
Baritone Vocal:
High Baritone Vocal:
Bass Vocal:
Lead Guitar:
Banjo:
Guitar:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Dobro:
Bass:
A-1
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
A-2
Gettysburg March
02:45





James Alan Shelton

Marcus Smith
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

James Alan Shelton
A-3
Chain Gang
02:41
Tommy Freeman





James Alan Shelton
Tommy Freeman
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

Charlie Moore
A-4
Standing Room Only
02:25
Tommy Freeman
Shawn Lane

Alison Krauss

James Alan Shelton


Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales
Barry Bales

Ray Pennington
A-5
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
A-6
Sally Ann
01:40





James Alan Shelton





Barry Bales

P.D.
B-1
John Henry
03:33
Phillip Overbey
Shawn Lane



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

Barry Bales

P.D.
B-2
Foggy Mountain Chimes
02:16






James Alan Shelton
Marcus Smith
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

Earl Scruggs
B-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
B-4
Down In The Willow Garden
02:52
Tommy Freeman





James Alan Shelton
Tommy Freeman
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

P.D.
B-5
Little Maggie
01:50






James Alan Shelton
Marcus Smith
Alison Krauss
Adam Steffey

Barry Bales

P.D.
B-6
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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