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Shannon Slaughter - A Sideman Steps Out

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A Sideman Steps OutShannon Slaughter is a well known name in bluegrass circles and his first solo album, A Sideman Steps Out is a big step forward for bluegrass. This album is solid bluegrass. Outstanding vocals and awesome harmonies with Heather Slaughter and County Clare.

Some great bluegrass talent contributed to the project. Throughout the tracks on this release you'll find other well known names too including Shawn Lane of Blue Highway, Lou Reid, Barry Berrier, Trevor Watson, Tracy Bucham, Ron Stewart, Joey Cox, and Ron Inscrore. Wrap that around Shannon and Heather's vocals and musicianship and you have a real winner on your hands.

Shannon Slaughter began playing guitar when he was 8 years old and was soon singing in churches, at livestock fairs and other venues. His early influences include Merle Haggard, Randy Travis, Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs and the Osborne Brothers.

Shannon started his professional career with the Lost and Found in 1992. Later that year, he joined the Larry Stephenson Band as guitarist and vocalist, staying for three years.

The new solo project contains 14 songs, 8 of which were written or co-written by Shannon. Other writers include Tim Stafford, Craig Market, Brink Brinkman, David Coffey, Dale Felts and others.

After several years off the road, Shannon began touring with Melonie Cannon. In the fall of 2005, he became guitarist and lead vocalist with the award-winning Lonesome River Band, touring and recording until 2007. Shannon currently plays guitar and sings with Lou Reid and Carolina, and two of his compositions have been featured on the band's Rural Rhythm release "My Own Set of Rules."

One of his songs -- an a capella gospel number titled "It's So Hard to Stumble (When You're Down On Your Knees)" -- garnered an initial IBMA nomination for Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year for 2010.

Shannon also regularly performs with his own bluegrass and traditional country band, County Clare. This aggregation includes Heather Slaughter on vocals and bass, Joey Cox on vocals and banjo, and Ron Inscore on vocals and mandolin.

The album is already getting rave comments from his peers including Russell Moore, Lou Reid, Larry Stephenson and Tim Stafford. That's pretty tall timber to have saying your project is better than just good. It's outstandingly good!

A Sideman Steps Out is available at www.CountyClareBand.com, Cdbaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

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