Never Standing Still

Bluegrass Today Gospel ChartHe Moved a Mountain, an original Shannon Slaughter and Dale Felts tune debuted at # 1 on the first ever Gospel Chart compiled by the Bluegrass Today website!  This marks the SECOND number 1 song from the project.  In October, another Slaughter and Rusty Hendrix original, That Old County Road, also garnered the number 1 slot on the Bluegrass Chart.  Thanks to all the DJ's who spin the songs and the fans who request them!!

What They're Saying ....

FROM BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE

SHANNON SLAUGHTER
NEVER STANDING STILL

Elite Circuit Records
ECR-0004

If you’re in the market for a bluegrass album that flows with a gentle ease and smooth vocals, look no further than the latest from Shannon Slaughter. While there are a couple tracks that fall outside that “gentle and smooth” description (a fairly torrid cover of Merle Haggard’s “Movin’ On” and a bluesy duet with Shannon’s wife Heather on “Better Move It On Home”), it’s a style that suits Slaughter well and results in arguably his best album to date......  READ MORE HERE

FROM COUNTRY STANDARD TIME MAGAZINE -- 

"The cover shows Shannon Slaughter, carrying a guitar case, walking down the centerline of an old country road. To the casual observer this may seem like a traditional shot coming from a country boy, and it is, but really it is much more than that. The picture is a representation of the line the Alabama artist walks between bluegrass and country music.

Slaughter, formerly a member of the Lonesome River Band, often toes the centerline, keeping a fine balance between country and bluegrass sounds, other times he starts to swerve. "Lonely Trail of Tears" and "I Was A Farmer" are firmly planted on the bluegrass side of the road while others, like "Trying To Be My Own Man," trade out Trevor Watson's banjo roll for a Doug Jernigan steel guitar ride that takes things to the other side of the yellow line."  

Read the rest of Devin Adams review HERE

"On Never Standing Still, his second solo project, Shannon Slaughter weds trad 'grass to Randy Travis-style country, his baritone vocals sometimes uncannily akin to the onetime superstar's. Nothing wrong with that; Travis was and is a hell of a singer, and you must be blessed with muscular pipes to get anywhere near that level of artistry.

Most of the 15 numbers are co-writes, the best of them (notably the powerful opener, "You Can't Outrun the River," composed with luminaries Tim Stafford and Ronnie Bowman) as good as any new bluegrass tunes recorded recently. The musicianship is first-rate. Heather Slaughter proves a perfect singing partner on the duet "Better Move It on Home," written by Ray Griff., and on "Dying to Live Again" she takes the lead impressively. On the hard-core honkytonker "Trying To Be My Own Man" Slaughter drops in steel guitar and piano, leading one to wonder why this sort of sound, which used to be the soul of country, has gone silent in Nashville studios." 

~~~  Jerome Clark (Rambles.Net)

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