Shelby is known for his ability to cross into many genres. Coming from a fiddle square dance background, Shelby’s journey has led him through Country music with Roy Clark, Cajun music with Jimmie C. Newman, Gypsy Jazz with Mischievous Swing, Western Swing with the Tulsa Playboys, Bluegrass with the Grasskickers, Bebop with Bruce Foreman and Rock with J. J. Cale.
Teaching has been an integral part of Shelby’s career serving as Education director for the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. It’s his goal to teach students how to become musicians rather than just a fiddler.
Instruments: fiddle, mandolin, mandola, Jazz alto guitar, nylon alto guitar, chin cello and guitar.