Portraits from our Past
Southwest Virginia Music

Blue Highway

Music: 1990's - Present

In its eleventh year as a band, Blue Highway is considered a top bluegrass group. The instrumental and song writing skill of its members have blended new and traditional music into an exciting sound. They have won numerous bluegrass awards including Album of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year. Band members include Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes, Shawn Lane, Wayne Taylor, and Jason Burleson. Most of the group have traditional Appalachian roots with two of the members hailing from Southwest Virginia. Shawn Lane from Scott County, Virginia, is an accomplished mandolin and fiddle player and a great tenor singer and songwriter. He cut his musical teeth in the bands of Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson. Wayne Taylor is also a gifted songwriter and bassist from Southwest Virginia. The bands 2001 release of "Still Climbing Mountains" featured several songs by both Taylor and Lane. Taylor contributed "Riding The Danville Pike" and "Only A Thought Away" while Lane wrote "The Seventh Angel" and "Goodbye For A While." Blue Highway's new gospel album "Wondrous Love" debuted in 2003.


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