Began playing violin at the age of 12 (1970) under the tutelage of Bob Stern, son of legendary concert violinist Issac Stern. Bass seemed more of a fit, so began bass lessons under Stern for several months. Self taught until enrollment at College of Marin Music Dept. in 1984. In recent years began playing guitar, steel guitar, percussion, and singing (more). Shelby has performed live with Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Carlos Santana, John Cippolina and Steve Kimmock (Zero), Carol King, Lacy J. Dalton, Gene Harris, Johnny Otis, John “Marmaduke” Dawson (New Riders of the Purple Sage), Lazy Lester, Merle Saunders, John Lee Hooker Jr., Tommy Mars (Zappa) and many others to round out a career of independent projects that span 44 years. Shelby’s projects include opening performances for Jefferson Airplane, Booker T & the MGs, David Grisman Quintet and Stoneground to name a few. Recording/studio projects include sessions at Fantasy Studios, Ice House Studios, Prairie Sun Studios, Hun Sound, A-Brown Sound, Pyramid Studios, among others.
Current projects include: Achilles Wheel and several side projects, plus more solo works in the works.