James Alan Shelton single-handedly revived the cross-picking guitar style of his hero and best friend, George Shuffler. A style instantly recognized, and familiar to Stanley Brothers music fans. Of course, his guitar work with Ralph Stanley and his own solo recordings will be James' musical legacy. However to those who knew him away from the music will surely remember the softspoken 'Gentle Giant' whom was a friend for life, starting the moment he first shook your hand. The entertainment business -- the world -- could use more folks like James Alan Shelton.
The following was sent by James Alan's wife, Greta, to John Lawless for publishing on BluegrassToday.com. It is Greta's personal message to all those who knew and supported James during the short 6-week period since he became aware of his illness.
There is an online page in James Alan's obituary to send your own comments to James' family. Please feel free to do so as it will surely offer comfort to those James left behind: James Alan's obituary