Clinch Mountain Echo

James Alan Shelton - Road To Coeburn

(Copper Creek CCCD-0154) 1997

James Alan Shelton - The Copper Creek Sessions

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James' debut 'solo' instrumental guitar album for Copper Creek was recorded at a session at the Classic Studio in Bristol, TN on 12th March 1997.

The CD includes two originals by James, with the title cut Road To Coeburn being named after the road leading to Ralph's homeplace, and Tom's Creek a catchy flat-picked affair with guitar/mandolin/fiddle breaks. Both are also featured on James' 'Clinch Mountain Guitar' DVD, with notation/tab and where James gives a detailed breakdown / demonstration of how to play them. Indeed the album also garnered it's own tab/songbook issued by Mel Bay, so it must have generated some interest amongst the bluegrass guitar community in the late '90s.

Other tracks include Ralph's Five String Drag, where Steve Sparkman's banjo work is given equal prominence. This is another of Ralph's lesser known instrumentals, which is simple but catchy, and great fun to play. Several other tracks are in familiar Stanley territory, but the two Bill Monroe numbers (Ashland Breakdown and Goin' Up Caney) and standards like Angeline The Baker and Carter Family's My Dixie Darling work well given the 'stanley-esque' treatment. The final cut, is a finger-picked tune from Flatt & Scruggs 1968 'The Story Of Bonnie & Clyde' LP.

Original copies of this one are now hard to find but fortunately James reissued it on CD-R together with Guitar Tracks from 1999, as The Copper Creek Sessions in 2012.

NB: (a) John Rigsby plays mandolin on tracks (1 - 13) except (2) and (5). (b) Adam Steffey plays mandolin on tracks (2) and (5)

Tom's Creek

James Alan Shelton
Sunny Side Of The Mountain

Harry C. McAuliffe / Bobby Gregory
Five String Drag

R. Stanley / George Shuffler
Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

Robert F. Boyce
Angeline The Baker

Stephen Foster
My Dixie Darling

Percy Wenrich / Arthur Gillespie
Goin' Up Caney

Bill Monroe
Road To Coeburn

James A. Shelton
Ashland Breakdown

Bill Monroe
Lonesome Reuben (aka Train 45)

East Virginia Blues

A.P. Carter
I Saw The Light

Hank Williams
Highway's End

Randy Scruggs / Earl Scruggs / Lester Flatt

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