Clinch Mountain Echo

James Alan Shelton - Walking Down The Line

(Sheltone SR-1961) 2007


James Alan Shelton - Walking Down The Line
Rear Cover CD Tray

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This is a fairly decent CD-R album on James' own Sheltone label, and in addition to the usual mix of instrumental material, it has the distinction of featuring James on lead vocal on three numbers. One such, the title cut Walkin' Down The Line, is a Bob Dylan tune which also was featured for a while at CMB concerts circa 2007, with James singing lead vocal.[1] According to the 'song-by-song' liner notes however, James learnt the song after hearing The Country Gentlemen's 1971 'Live In Japan' album.

The majority of the banjo work on the CD-R is by Daniel Grindstaff who also worked with Jesse McReynolds, David Peterson, Marty Raybon, Charlie Sizemore, Bobby Osborne and the Warrior River Boys.[2] He's pickin' style is in the 'Scruggs style, although CMB Steve Sparkman is present on four of the remaining tracks.

Other CMB's present include Dewey Brown on fiddle and James' old friend and noted Mandolin luthier Audey Ratliff.[3]

Also included are instrumental versions of Simon & Garfunkel classic Sounds Of Silence; Roger Miller's Country Christmas hit Old Toy Trains; Nashville Blues and Fireball Mail via Flatt & Scruggs repertoire; and Bill Monroe's Methodist Preacher.

Judy Marshall (of The Marshall Family fame) also guests on the Carter Family's Motherless Children and Stephen Foster's Hard Times Come Again No More.

As with James' two Rebel albums, he provides a bit of information about each of the players and the song selection in the fold-out liner notes, explaining that the songs were picked "to explore some of the other music from various sources that have touched my life in some way over the years."

"I personally feel that good music, no matter the source. Whether it is a straight ahead, hard driving bluegrass fiddle or banjo number, a good country or gospel song, a flatpicked or pingerpicked guitar tune or an old folk song, I hope that you will find this all good listening music."

Track:
Title:
Time:
Lead Vocal:
Harmony Vocal:
Lead Guitar:
Banjo:
Guitar:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
1
Soldier's Joy
02:20


James Alan Shelton
Steve Sparkman
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

P.D.
2
Fair And Tender Ladies
02:54


James Alan Shelton
Daniel Grindstaff
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

P.D.
3
Walking Down The Line
01:53
James Alan Shelton
Dewey Brown
James Alan Shelton
Steve Sparkman
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Bob Dylan
4
Salt Creek
02:48


James Alan Shelton
Steve Sparkman
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

P.D.
5
Nashville Blues
02:49


James Alan Shelton
Daniel Grindstaff
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Earl Scruggs
6
Old Toy Trains
02:01


James Alan Shelton

Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Roger Miller
7
Motherless Children
02:48
James Alan Shelton
Dewey Brown / Judy Marshall
James Alan Shelton
Steve Sparkman
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

A.P. Carter
8
Methodist Preacher
02:28


James Alan Shelton
Daniel Grindstaff
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Bill Monroe
9
Stephen
03:03


James Alan Shelton
James Alan Shelton
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Tony Ellis
10
Hard Times Come Again No More
03:03
James Alan Shelton
Dewey Brown / Judy Marshall
James Alan Shelton
Daniel Grindstaff
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Stephen Foster
11
My Grandfather's Clock
02:43


James Alan Shelton
Daniel Grindstaff
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Henry Clay Work
12
Fireball Mail
03:06


James Alan Shelton
Daniel Grindstaff
Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Roy C. Acuff
13
Sounds Of Silence
02:53


James Alan Shelton

Audey Ratliff
Dewey Brown
Adam Steffey
Barry Bales

Paul Simon

 


Go To Top Of Page [1] eg. See the FLAC / MP3 files of Ralph Stanley concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO - 16th Nov 2007 from https://archive.org/details/ralphstanley20071116
[2] https://bluegrasstoday.com/daniel-grindstaff-aprils-fool/ https://bluegrasstoday.com/daniel-grindstaff-leaving-marty-raybon/
and the CD liner notes.
[3] Audey spent about eight months helping the CMB's out on bass, after Jack Cooke had to retire due to ill health.