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Half Moon Bay [James Alan Shelton]

  • 1. Half Moon Bay
    2. Tupelo County Jail
    3. Goodbye Liza Jane
    4. Dark as a Dungeon
    5. Road to Columbus
    6. Eight More Miles to Louisville
    7. Foggy Mountain Top
    8. Darlin' Nellie Gray
    9. Married Life Blues
    10. Little Bennie (Crazeology)
    11. Texas Gales
    12. Handsome Molly
    13. Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1809

  • Credits
    ProducerJames Alan Shelton; James Alan Shelton; Bobby Starnes
    EngineerBobby Starnes

    Personnel: James Alan Shelton (guitar, banjo, mandolin); James Alan Shelton; Tim Stafford (vocals, baritone, guitar); Ralph Stanley II (vocals, guitar); Shawn Lane , Dan Moneyhun (vocals); Ralph Stanley (baritone); Keith Williams, Keith Williams , Todd Meade (fiddle); Barry Bales, Bill Dunham (double bass); John Rigsby (vocals, tenor, mandolin, fiddle); Steve Sparkman (banjo); Adam Steffey (mandolin); Hunter Berry (fiddle).
    Liner Note Author: Tim Stafford.
    Recording information: Hog Holler Studios, Jonesborough, TN.
    Photographer: Richard Boyd.
    Arranger: James Alan Shelton.
    Anyone who has seen Ralph Stanley's fine touring band will be familiar with guitarist James Alan Shelton. Shelton's innovative method of cross-picking allows him to play lead while simultaneously never losing the rhythm. These picking skills are in abundant display on his 2004 Rebel release, Half Moon Bay, and he's joined by a number of other crack musicians, including banjoist Steve Sparkman, guitarist Tim Stafford, and fiddler Todd Meade. That means a listener can select a track like the traditional "Goodbye Liza Jane" or Bill Monroe's "Road to Columbus" and hear great instrumental work. The arrangements are pretty straightforward, usually made up of some combination of guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and bass, meaning Half Moon Bay qualifies as bluegrass or old-time. All of these qualities would be enough to make Shelton's album a winner, but he sweetens the package with the addition of several guest vocals by John Rigsby ("Handsome Molly"), Ralph Stanley II ("Little Bennie"), Shawn Lane ("Dark As a Dungeon"), and Dan Moneyhun ("Foggy Mountain Top," "Tupelo County Jail"). Ralph Stanley himself even adds a bit of baritone to "Little Bennie." Half Moon Bay is a fine album that will meet the approval of both Shelton and Ralph Stanley fans. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

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