Louie Shelton is a renowned session artist with an incredible pedigree, having played with some of the biggest names in the business. Urban Culture, Shelton’s second solo album, showcases his artistic range and elegant touch. The music is fluid and relaxing. The smooth nature of the music can make it sound deceptively simple, but Shelton plays masterfully throughout.
Louie Shelton is an American guitarist, producer and arranger. His name may be unknown to most listeners, but his guitar work has been heard over and over by even casual popular music listeners. During the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s Shelton was a session musician working in recording studios around Hollywood. Louie Shelton was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame and is a member of the famous group of LA session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew.
Shelton’s session musician career began with the Monkees, playing the memorable riffs on several of their recordings including “Last Train to Clarksville“, “Valleri” and “(Theme from) The Monkees“. He played the flamenco-style guitar solo on “Valleri“, which Michael Nesmith had to mimic for the cameras on their TV series.
Some of Shelton’s other notable session work includes:
- “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There” for the Jackson 5.
- “Lowdown” for Boz Scaggs.
- “Summer Breeze” and “Diamond Girl” with Seals & Crofts.
- Guitar solos on Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Neil Diamond’s “Play Me”.
- Recordings with Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston.
Shelton has produced a number of albums as well, most notably for Seals & Crofts.
Urban Culture — Title Track from Urban Culture by Louie Shelton
Mandalay Sunset — from Urban Culture by Louie Shelton
Uptown — from Urban Culture by Louie Shelton