Personalities | The Shelton Brothers | Cowboys & Playboys | Country

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1934–50s)

The Shelton Brothers (née Attlesey) were Texans who wavered between an old-time duet style and western swing. Joe (1909–83) played mandolin, Bob (1911–80) concentrated mostly on comedy (a third brother, Merle, played guitar). Originally teamed with Leon Chappelear as The Lone Star Cowboys, they went out on their own in 1934. Their swing leanings were largely due to regional tastes, but The Sheltons, who remained active into the 1950s, employed top-notch players like Bob Dunn and Cliff Bruner.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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