Clinch Mountain Express Newsletter Review
Jeffery Fox, Editor
If George Shuffler is the King of guitar cross-picking, James Shelton's new release
further solidifies his claim to the title of Crown Prince. His recording on the Copper Creek label, features 13 instrumentals, including two original tunes that James has written for
the project, "The Ghost Train" and "Road Weary Blues". James is backed on the album by the Clinch Mountain Boys, with special guests Adam Steffey on mandolin and
Barry Bales on bass. There's not a bad cut on the CD; on every track the sound of James Shelton's guitar is pure and clear as a mountain stream. Several songs really stand
out. One is "
", a finger-picking good tune James frequently performs on stage with Ralph and the Boys. "Rosewood Casket" is beautifully done and invites comparison with George
Shuffler at his very best. More subdued is the haunting song, "The Ghost Train", recorded in the key of C minor. Be sure to listen closely to this outstanding
song. See if you can hear the haunting sound of an old-time train whistle at the end! James Shelton is a class act: a hardworking, talented musician of exceptional
integrity. Guitar Tracks marks yet another milestone in his distinguished career. This is a recording every Clinch Mountain music enthusiast will want to be sure to add to
his or her record collection and to share with friends as a gift this coming Christmas. The recording can be purchased from James at the record table or you can order it by sending $10
(cassette) or $15 (CD) plus $1 for postage to James Shelton, 129 Will Simpson Rd., Church hill, Tennessee 37642.