Shelby is known on the local scene for his Jazz, Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, and Country performances. Growing up in Ohio, he played with his family band, Shelby Eicher and the Fulton County Sandsifters. In 1982, Shelby joined Roy Clark and played in his touring band for 15 years, performing on the Tonight Show, Hee Haw, and at the Grand Ole Opry. Discography highlights of his career include Roy Clark, J.J. Cale, Hank Thompson, Leon McAuliffe, the Tractors, the Cherokee Maidens, and the Tulsa Playboys. Shelby has produced recordings and was inducted into the Western Swing Music Society of Kansas Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Western Swing Music Society of Southwest Hall of Fame in 2012.
Currently Shelby is producing a recording called “Hillbilly Jazz.” He teaches private lessons and is co-host of a popular weekly performance at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, “Eicher Wednesdays.” Over the years he has produced several soundtracks, including for Spongebob Squarepants. Shelby was inducted into the National Fiddlers Hall of Fame in September 2019.