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Shannon  Slaughter
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I was raised in the rural North Florida town of Chiefland and attended public schools there.  I played football and baseball while attending Chiefland High School, graduating in 1986.  I began my college education at the University of Central Florida and ended up transferring to Radford University in Radford, VA; where I completed my Bachelors of Science degree in Social Science in 1996.  I completed a Masters of Arts degree in Gifted Education
at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2012.

I began my teaching and coaching career in 1996 at Trenton Middle School in Trenton, Florida.  I coached Junior Varsity football and assisted with the varsity Tigers as well.  I moved to Patrick County High School in Stuart, VA the next year where I taught U.S. and World History and coached Junior Varsity football there as well.  I moved to Wilkesboro, NC the following year where I again taught U.S. and World History and coached linebackers, eventually becoming the defensive coordinator then moving to the offensive line; which became my coaching passion.  I stayed at Wilkes Central High School for 7 years before accepting a position at Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds High School.  I taught World History and coached linebackers again for the Demons.  My last NC move was to St. Stephens High School in Hickory, NC in 2006. I coached offensive line for the Indians and eventually became the A.P. U.S. History teacher there.  I left St. Stephens in 2010 for Alabama. 

I got married in 2009 to an Alabama girl; St. Clair County native Heather Sanders.  Within a year of our marriage, I was living in Alabama; teaching gifted education at Odenville Intermediate School and Margaret Elementary.  I volunteered for the St. Clair County High School football team as offensive line assistant.  I moved to St. Clair County High School as a U.S. History teacher in August of 2012.  I was, but am no longer a full-time assistant football coach for the Saints and was responsible for the offensive line.  My wife Heather and I currently reside in Pell City, AL. 

I am also a professional musician, playing in my own bluegrass band, County Clare (http://www.shannonslaughter.com/).  I was immersed in acoustic and country music at a young age by my family.  My early influences include Merle Haggard, Randy Travis, Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, and the Osborne Brothers. I began playing guitar on my own at age 8 and was soon singing in churches, at livestock fairs, and other venues around the Tri-County area in Florida.

I started my professional career with the Lost and Found in 1992, moving to Virginia that summer. In December I joined the Larry Stephenson Band and was an integral sideman for 3 years.  During my tenure with Larry, I recorded 2 CDs, toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, and performed on the prestigious Grand Ole Opry. In 1995, I teamed with several top-flight Southwest Virginia musicians and created Savannah Road; recording and performing with them for 6 years.

After a couple of years off the road, I re-entered the bluegrass profession, touring with Melonie Cannon in 2004 and 2005. In the fall of 2005, I became guitarist and lead vocalist with The Lonesome River Band, touring and recording with the award-winning band until 2007.  Following a 4 year stint with Lou Reid and Carolina, I joined Grasstowne as guitarist and vocalist for 2014. 

I now perform with my own bluegrass and traditional country band, County Clare.  In my spare time I enjoy singing and having fun with Heather and our children, Rae and Jed, watching Florida Gator football, reading historical fiction, U.S. History, fishing, and playing golf. 

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