Half Moon Bay James Alan Shelton, Rebel Records, 2004

james-alan-shelton_traditional-songs_half-moon-bayJames Alan Shelton’s Half Moon Bay splashes a fresh coat of paint onto a colorful collection of traditional songs.

“Write, write, write me a letter,” croons guest vocalist Dan Moneyhun, who lends his voice to “Tupelo County Jail” where X’s on the bottom of the note are better than no kisses at all. In “Goodbye Liza Jane,” no words are necessary. Each instrument takes the lead in a musical dance. Finishing up this CD is a stroll through a Celtic meadow of “Wild Mountain Thyme.”

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