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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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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