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Allen Shelton

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Allen Shelton July 2, 1936 - November 21, 2009 was an American five-string banjo player known for being a member of Jim & Jesse's Virginia Boys since the 1960s

Shelton's picking style was more experimental than some other bluegrass banjo players He enjoyed creating unusual sounds including adapting steel guitar licks into his solos His playing was described as "bouncy"


Shelton played the banjo from an early age His father, Troy Shelton was a first class guitar player In the 1950s, Allen performed together with Hack Johnson and the Tennesseans, and later, with Jim Eanes and Mac Wiseman He joined Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, and began recording for Columbia Records on December 7, 1960 In 1966, Jim & Jesse had an offer to record with the Nashville Symphony and Shelton left the band in protest He retired from music business and began working as a machinist and welder About ten years later he found himself once more on the road with Jim & Jesse, making records and having a good time He made his first solo album on Rounder Records in 1976 In September or October 2009, Allen was diagnosed with Leukemia

Allen died on November 21, 2009, according to his daughter-in-law


  1. ^ a b Trischka, Tony, "Allen Schelton", Banjo Song Book, Oak Publications, 1977
  • Tony Trischka, Pete Wernick, Masters of the 5-String Banjo, Oak Publications, 1988

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  • October 2009 - Allen Shelton Has Leukemia
  • 1969 Photos of Allen Shelton
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  • 2010 CD of Allen Shelton

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