Blue Highway has earned 28 collective IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and three Grammy nominations as a band, plus two Grammy Awards among its current members.
Blue Highway's #1 album "Original Traditional" was nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album.
Justin Moses was honored as 2018 IBMA Dobro Performer of the Year.
Wayne Taylor was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2016. Tim Stafford received honors as 2014 and 2017 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, and 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year. Shawn Lane was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year.
Blue Highway was voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today in April 2016.
The newest album "Original Traditional" released Sept 2016 and to date has topped multiple National Charts at # 1 THREE TIMES.
Blue Highway charted the Most Radio Airplay of any Bluegrass Artist in 2014, per the 2014 Bluegrass Today Radio Airplay Chart, storming national airplay charts with their heralded album 'The Game.'
'The Game' topped multiple charts at #1 including reigning at # 1 for 7 consecutive months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart, and was named the #1 Bluegrass Album of the Year by critic Daniel Mullins in his end of the year Top 20 Albums of 2014 list in Bluegrass Today.
As momentum continues to build for the 24 year strong powerhouse band, Blue Highway is rolling on with a rich legacy carried on by three powerhouse songwriters and vocalists in Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane, whose harmonies soar over the dynamic banjo of Jason Burleson and the explosive Dobro of Justin Moses.
Justin Moses Honored as 2018 IBMA Dobro Performer of the Year
September 28, 2018
Justin Moses was honored as 2018 IBMA Dobro Performer of the Year as part of the 29th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (IBMA) on Thursday, September 27, at Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, NC. This is the first IBMA Dobro Perfomer of the Year award for Moses, who joined Blue Highway in May of this year. Justin's wife, GRAMMY nominee Sierra Hull, was also honored as IBMA Mandolin Performer of the Year, for the third consecutive year.
New Dobro Player ... New Agent ... New Album in the works! Supercharged Blue Highway rocking into 2018!
July 25, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS to Justin Moses for his 2018 IBMA Awards Nomination as Dobro Performer of the Year! Congrats also to Tim Stafford whose song "Calamity Jane" ~ co-written with Becky Buller and recorded by Becky with Rhonda Vincent ~ is nominated for both Song of the Year AND Recorded Event of the Year!
CONGRATS TO ALL the worthy 2018 IBMA Awards Nominees .. and to IBMA Hall of Fame Inductees Ricky Skaggs, Paul Williams, and Tom T. and Dixie Hall!
Shawn Lane's dad nearly died in April 2016 ... he was in a coma ... on life support for 17 days. But Butch Lane came back with a story to tell. Shawn tells the story beautifully and powerfully in a new single released on May 15, 2018 ...
* Shawn's single # 1 for SEVEN WEEKS on the Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart ! * Weeks of June 15 -July 6, 20, 27, and August 3, 2018 ! *
* 18 Weeks in the Top 5 of the Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart *
Available via www.ShawnLaneMusic.com
NEW Jason Burleson Signature Banjo
JASON BURLESON has a NEW Banjo in his Jason Burleson Spirit Signature Series! Jason has three signature models by Prucha Bluegrass Instruments! Links are below to the New Light Weight Model, and Signature Models 1 and 2 !
Blue Highway Honored to be included on 2018 IBMA Awards Second Round Ballot in Ten Categories
* Entertainer of the Year
* Vocal Group of the Year
* Instrumental Group of the Year
* Male Vocalist of the Year ~ Shawn Lane
* Banjo Performer of the Year ~ Jason Burleson
* Dobro Performer of the Year ~ Justin Moses
* Bass Performer of the Year ~ Wayne Taylor
* Guitar Performer of the Year ~ Tim Stafford
* Mandolin Performer of the Year ~ Shawn Lane
* Song of the Year ~ Songs co-written by Tim Stafford or Shawn Lane ~ Calamity Jane, Now That's a Song, All My Life, and Drowned in Sorrow.
Blue Highway Blazes New Trails Announcing Justin Moses as Newest Member
May 14, 2018
Blue Highway announces the addition of heralded multi-instrumentalist JUSTIN MOSES to the 24-year strong supergroup.
"When Tim Stafford puts out a new guitar album, people in the bluegrass and flatpicking worlds pay attention." - John Lawless, Bluegrass Today, 9-14-2017
"Blessed with an exquisite ear, superlative-creating touch and technique, and a nuanced sense of taste, no one in bluegrass has ever made the guitar sound better than Tim Stafford..." - David J. McCarty, Bluegrass Unlimited. Feb 2018
Tim Stafford released his third solo album to high acclaim in September 2017. Acoustic Guitar reigned at #1 on the APD Global Radio Indicator Top 50 Album Chart multiple times in 2017 and 2018. Stafford's Acoustic Guitar boasts an impressive 18 cuts, 13 original instrumentals, 10 solo guitar, 5 duets, 2 trios, and 1 vocal (featuring Tim Shelton). The album features Tim Stafford, along with Stuart Duncan, Dave Eggar, Adam Steffey, Tim Shelton, John Gardner, Gaven Largent, and Daniel Salyer. (Sept 2017)
Available via www.TimStaffordGuitar.com
Blue Highway Members Honored with 2018 SPBGMA Award Nominations
December 20, 2017
Blue Highway members Wayne Taylor, Gaven Largent, and Tim Stafford are honored to have received nominations in the upcoming 2018 SPBGMA Awards. Wayne is nominated as Songwriter of the Year, while Gaven is nominated as Dobro Performer of the Year. A song Tim Stafford co-wrote with Paul Harrigill, "All My Life," is nominated as Song of the Year, as recorded by Flatt Lonesome. The 44th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards will be held on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.
Tim Stafford Honored as 2017 IBMA Songwriter of the Year
September 29, 2017
Tim Stafford was honored as 2017 IBMA Songwriter of the Year as part of the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards held on Thursday, September 28, in Raleigh, NC. This is the second IBMA Songwriter of the Year Award for Stafford, the first being awarded in 2014.
Blue Highway Nominated for Three 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards
August 11, 2017
Blue Highway is honored to be nominated for three awards in the upcoming 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to be held on Thursday, September 28, in Raleigh, NC. Blue Highway is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year and for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for the song "Hallelujah" from their Grammy Nominated album "Original Traditional." Tim Stafford is also nominated as 2017 IBMA Songwriter of the Year.
Blue Highway Rocks the Cover of the 'Rolling Stone of Bluegrass'
~ Bluegrass Unlimited ~ July 2017 Edition
Wayne Taylor to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
June 29, 2017
On the heels of being inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, Wayne Taylor will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Tazewell County Fiddlers Convention on Saturday, July 15, at 6:30 pm, at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park.
Blue Highway is honored to be on the 2017 IBMA Awards Second Ballot as Candidates for 14 Awards!
GRAMMY Nominated 'Original Traditional' #1 for Three Weeks on Second Trip to #1 on RMR Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart!
December 24, 2016
Blue Highway's Grammy nominated album Original Traditional soared to #1 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart on November 5 ... then jumped back to the #1 spot on December 10, holding strong for three consecutive weeks thru the charting weeks of December 17 and 24!
Blue Highway Honored with 2017 GRAMMY Nomination
December 6, 2016
Blue Highway is honored to be nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their newly released album "Original Traditional" on Rounder Records.
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will be aired on CBS.
Released on September 9, "Original Traditional" has charted two #1 songs to date, with the album soaring to #1 on national charts in early November.
Sincere congrats to those nominated in our category -- Doyle Lawson, Laurie Lewis, Claire Lynch, and Mark O'Connor -- and to all the Grammy Nominees and the gifted musicians who were honored with inclusion on the First Round Ballot!
Blue Highway have #1 Song and #1 Album in Bluegrass
Blue Highway have the current #1 Song and #1 Album in Bluegrass!
"Don't Weep for Me" soared to #1 on the Bluegrass Today Chart (Week of Nov 4), while "Original Traditional" is #1 atop the Roots Music Report Chart (Week of Nov 5).
"Don't Weep for Me" is written by Shawn Lane, Buddy Brock, and Gerald Ellenburg, and marks the second #1 song to date from Blue Highway's "Original Traditional."
The album's first #1 song was "Wilkes County Clay," charting on the Bluegrass Today Chart on Sept 24, just three weeks from the album's release on Sept 9.
Thanks to our awesome fans, all the great Radio DJ's, and our label Rounder Records!
Blue Highway on First Round Grammy Ballot in Four Categories
Blue Highway is honored to be included on the First Round Ballot of the 59th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS in four categories:
(1) Best Bluegrass Album - 'Original Traditional' (2) Best American Roots Performance - "Top of the Ridge" (3) Best American Roots Song - "Top of the Ridge" (4) Best Gospel Song - "Hallelujah."
"Top of the Ridge" is written by Shawn Lane and Gerald Ellenburg. "Hallelujah" is arranged by Blue Highway.
After voting is cast on the First Round Ballot, the nominations come in the second round of voting, with the winners chosen in the third round.
The 2017 Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017. CBS television network will broadcast The Grammys Live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Shawn Lane Introduces Space Age I-Tone Picks
Shawn Lane introduces the I-Tone Pick! Made from the same material as the Space Shuttle, its material is almost ivory-like with one of the highest wear and temperature ratings known to man! It delivers crystal clear tone and clarity when it strikes the strings, and dramatically increases the volume, tone, and clarity you'll get from your instrument! www.ITonePicks.com
Blue Highway Soars to #1 with First Song from New Album
Blue Highway currently has the #1 song in Bluegrass! They charted their first # 1 song from their newly released album Original Traditional today, just 3 weeks after the album's release on September 9. Blue Highway's newest #1 song is "Wilkes County Clay" written by Tim Stafford and Bobby Starnes.
Wayne Taylor to be Inducted into Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame
September 19, 2016
Blue Highway’s highly respected bass player, songwriter, and vocalist Wayne Taylor will be honored as the 2016 Inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds at 10300 Courthouse Road in Chesterfield, VA, on Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 pm.
Blue Highway Releases New Album "Original Traditional"
Beloved bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway released its 11th studio album, Original Traditional, on September 9, on Rounder Records.
Original Traditional is a record that Blue Highway has been intending to make for years, and it’s well worth the wait: a combination of unique concept album and a continuation of the band’s songwriting legacy ....
Blue Highway Voted Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time
Blue Highway to Perform National Anthem
The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southeast and WFNZ 610 AM.
Blue Highway Announces Departure of Rob Ickes
Blue Highway Honored with Eight IBMA Award Nominations
Blue Highway was honored to be nominated for a cumulative eight awards at the 26th Annual IBMA Awards held on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC.
Our sincere thanks to all the members of the International Bluegrass Music Association for the privilege of being nominated along side our good friends and peers among the finest musicians in Bluegrass!
Our best wishes and congratulations to all the IBMA Awards Nominees and Winners! Special congrats to our own ROB ICKES, who won 2015 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for his collaborative album "Three Bells" with Jerry Douglas and the late great Mike Auldridge.
Winter Bluegrass Jujbilee
Winter Bluegrass Jubilee is a fundraiser for YAM ~ Young Appalachian Musicians. YAM teaches over 300 kids yearly how to play traditional Southern Appalachian Music by ear on the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar utilizing traditional pickers from our area as instructors. The funds raised from this event help kids on free and reduced lunch to have 20 lessons per year in an after-school music program, attend a week long summer camp, and participate in performances at this event and at a KidsFest event in the Spring.
The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery
Black Rock Center for the Arts