Dan Shelton began his professional music career at the age of sixteen when he formed his first country-western band in high school. On several occasions he
played with Glen Campbell at Albuquerque’s Hitching Post. His band, the Westernaires, played as warmup band for several Grand Ol’ Opry stars. By the time he entered the Navy, his band was featured entertainment for the officers parties. He played in clubs in numerous foreign ports. He learned many of the finger-style techniques of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.
While working in Central and South America, Dan became interested in the Brazilian rhythms of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sergio Mendez, and began learning
a variety of Latin and classical pieces.
Returning to Albuquerque, he studied classical guitar at the University of New Mexico under Hector Garcia. He has written and copyrighted several collections of
He has played at clubs and lounges all across the continental U.S. and Hawaii, including frequent engagements at the Sheraton Hotel on Kauai.
During all this, he also had a 37-year career as a helicopter pilot, from which he recently retired.
His current projects include the production of his own digitally mastered CD's, which include his favorite pieces and some of his own work.
Dan plays a variety of styles, from popular “easy listening” tunes to extremely complex flamenco and classical music. His own original compositions can best
be described as easy-listening romantic guitar with a Latin flair.
"Soft Latin Nights" was his first recording, featuring ten original pieces, followed by "Soft Romantic Nights" and "Soft Dreamy Nights", collections of romantic tunes from the 1930s to the ‘60s. " Lost in the Spanish Guitar", is intricate classical pieces from South and Central American countries.
His latest, Sound Painter — is a moderate jazz CD.
If you love guitar music visit Dan's web site - www.dansheltonmusic.com