Shows From The Past

Blue Highway
February 17th, 2007

 

"This as close to a bluegrass supergroup as there is on the road today." - Billboard Magazine

One of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass, Blue Highway excels at every facet of the music, from instrumental dexterity to impeccable vocal interplay to literate, powerful songwriting.

Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals), Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin) and the Bay Area's own Rob Ickes (Dobro) are at the forefront of their respective roles, appearing on innumerable projects as sidemen, songwriters, and solo artists. Together, in Stafford’s words, they are “a democracy in the best sense of the word”: five gifted artists selflessly merging their talents into a seamlessly brilliant group sound. It's a BAND in the best sense of the word.

Their singing, playing, and songwriting are unsurpassed in contemporary bluegrass; from seven highly-acclaimed albums and constant touring, Blue Highway has topped the Bluegrass Unlimited radio charts, received a Grammy nomination, won a Dove Award and an a dozen International Bluegrass Music Association awards, individually and collectively.

"'Bluegrass supergroup' may sound like an oxymoron, but you've earned the title when you boast five singer-songwriters whose résumés include stints with Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, and Ricky Skaggs. On ‘Marbletown,’ Blue Highway apply their hot licks and high lonesome vocals to a stack of rueful tunes. Why are these guys super? They can make your heart soar even as it's breaking." - Bob Cannon, Entertainment Weekly

Go see the Blue Highway website