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Louie Shelton

Louie was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 6, 1941, and got his first guitar for his ninth birthday, a $13.00 Stella. While other young boys were out having a good time playing ball or fishing, Louie had his ear pinned to the radio for hours a day with his guitar in hand teaching himself to play. He lived and breathed music and by the age of twelve was so good he was in the country band 'Shelby Cooper & the Dixie Mountaineers', was featured every Saturday night on a Grand Ole Opry style show called the Barn Yard Frolics in Little Rock, which was broadcast live throughout the South on KRLA Radio and which featured performers like Johnnie Cash. Not only did young Jr. Shelton (as he was known) back up most of the artists on the show, he was given the opportunity to perform all of the "hot" guitar instrumentals he learned from listening to the recordings of Chet Atkins, Jimmy Bryant, Hank Garland and others. Best of all, Louie was able to graduate musically by purchasing himself a brand new 51 Telecaster.

Talent, Tenacity, Tequila & a Tale of Two Texas Teenagers

Read "Talent, Tenacity, Tequila & a Tale of Two Texas Teenagers" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Train to Nowhere “Train to Nowhere" by Dave Dupree was the aptly named single released by Challenge Records on January 15, 1958. Newly founded by Gene Autrey, “The Singing Cowboy" of Hollywood fame, the jny: Los Angeles based label was looking to land its first hit record. The single itself was on the road to “nowhere" ...

Filmmaker Denny Tedesco

Read "Filmmaker Denny Tedesco" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Although the '60s and '70s are considered by many to be a golden era in music, for decades the people who played the instruments on many of the most popular and iconic recordings of that era were essentially unknown. Fortunately, over the last couple of decades that has begun to change. Several excellent music documentary films ...

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Ubiquitous Ace Session Guitarist/Producer Louie Shelton Interviewed at AAJ

Ubiquitous Ace Session Guitarist/Producer Louie Shelton Interviewed at AAJ

Hundreds of millions of people have heard him play without having heard of him. A veteran session guitarist, Louie Shelton played on a slew of million-selling records during his three decades in Los Angeles. His credits include female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, and Whitney Houston; ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Louie Shelton: In Session

Read "Louie Shelton: In Session" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Hundreds of millions of people have heard him play without having heard of him. A veteran session guitarist, Louie Shelton played on a slew of million-selling records during his three decades in Los Angeles. His credits include female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, and Whitney Houston; ...

Urban Culture

Label: Nuance Records
Released: 2000

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Louie Shelton: Urban Culture

Read "Urban Culture" reviewed by John Sharpe

A quick read of guitaristLouie Shelton’sbio attests to the fact that he is a talented, much in-demand session player. Over the years he’s worked with artists like The Monkees, The Jackson Five, The Partridge Family, Lionel Ritchie, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, and on and on. Urban Culture features the guitarist noodling through ten instrumental tracks, all ...


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