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Banjo player Allen Shelton dies

Monday, November 23, 2009 – Bluegrass banjo player Allen Shelton, who played with Jim & Jesse, and Jim Eanes, died at 73 Saturday in Nashville of leukemia.

Shelton had a solo on Bending the Strings during live performances and was on the recordings of South Bound Train and Maybelline. He played with Jim & Jesse from 1960-66.

CD reviews for Jim and Jesse McReynolds

Ya'll Come: The Essential Jim & Jesse
Virginia's Jim & Jesse McReynolds, among the very few bluegrass artists to carve out a substantial career while in Bill Monroe's shadow, enjoyed their finest commercial success while with Epic. Their 10-year association with Epic, documented here, comes on the heels of the brothers' 50th anniversary as professional musicians. Diverse, thematic albums marked Jim & Jesse's Epic years, from which classic interpretations of The Louvin Brothers' "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby," Robert Mitchum's »»»
Jesse McReynolds & Charles Whitstein: A Tribute To Brother Duets CD review - Jesse McReynolds & Charles Whitstein: A Tribute To Brother Duets
The teaming of Jesse McReynolds and Charles Whitstein seems a natural. Both are legendary bluegrass artists who lost their brother/partners and wondered if they'd ever perform again. Friends for many years, McReynolds and Whitstein's pairing delivers exactly what the title promises: 11 classics of the brother-duet genre (along with a new McReynolds composition) sincerely and competently executed. There is an easy camaraderie between the two, and longtime fans of Jim & Jesse and the Whitstein »»»
Songs from the Homeplace
Nostalgia has long been a part of bluegrass. On their latest, Jim & Jesse McReynolds revive a dozen standards by such legends as The Carter Family and The Monroe Brothers resulting in traditional bluegrass at its best. Grandpa Jones' "East Bound Freight Train" kicks the disc off in high fashion. Brothers McReynolds - Jim on guitar and vocals and Jesse on mandolin - do Grandpa's song great justice. The tune swings along with the precision and style of a grand old steam engine. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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