‘Featured Artist,’ Neal James, ‘Turtle Man Song’

January 10th, 2012  |  by Nels Thoreson   |  Published in Songs of the Day

Today’s “Featured Artist and Song of the Day” showcases Stanford, Kentucky’s own, Neal James, with his “Turtle Man Song.”  James is a highly skilled, left-handed banjo player, and is also the right-hand man for Ernie Brown Jr., also known as the Turtleman.  The duo currently star on one of the greatest shows on television, and one of The Troubadour’s Road favorites, Call of the Wildman, which airs on Animal Planet.

The guys are the best of friends, and James plays an integral part in Brown’s job as an animal rescuer, for the Turtleman does not have a phone, and James has long-distance, which makes him the secretary of the operation.  Brown specializes in rescuing snapping turtles, but rescues a variety of animals, and does so, with his bare hands.  He does this in an effort to not hurt the animals, and when he captures them he then relocates the animals to safe areas.  He figures he catches about 300 turtles a year, and has caught 12,000 in his life.

Also in the mix is Turtleman’s dog, Lolly, which accompanies them and sometimes aides in the animal rescues.  They are an incredible team, and do great work in their native state of Kentucky.  They have just completed Season 1 of the television series, and The Troubadour’s Road, and many others, are anxious for what is in store for Season 2.

For more information, updates, and other news click on the Call of the Wildman website, and follow them on their Facebook Page.  Below are two clips:  the first, is Neal James’, “Turtle Man Song,” which also shows the dance moves of the Turtleman, and the second is a set of highlights from one of the episodes from the Animal Planet, which shows the trio in action.  It is must-see television.  The Troubadour’s Road wishes all of the people involved with the show only the best, and looks forward to what is store for them in 2012.  As they say, “LIVE ACTION!”

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