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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

by 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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Rebel Records
UPC:
0032511180926
catalogNumber:
111809
Rank:
268813

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Alan Shelton   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar
Ralph Stanley   Baritone (Vocal)
Barry Bales   Bass,Double Bass
Tim Stafford   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Soloist
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Steve Sparkman   Banjo
John Rigsby   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Ralph Stanley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Hunter Berry   Fiddle
Todd Meade   Fiddle
Keith Williams   Fiddle
Bill Dunham   Double Bass
Keith Williams   Fiddle
Dan Moneyhun   Vocals
Shawn Lane   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Tim Stafford   Liner Notes
James Alan Shelton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Francis McPeake   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bobby Starnes   Audio Production

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