Blue Highway has earned 27 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.
Wayne Taylor was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2016. Tim Stafford received honors as 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year and 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year. Shawn Lane was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, while Gaven Largent was nominated as 2016 SPBGMA Dobro Player 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 23 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 Gaven Largent.
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 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 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.
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Blue Highway is honored to be included 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.
Blue Highway's 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 "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 Announces Return of Wayne Taylor to Full-Time Touring
August 6, 2016
"Wayne Taylor is primed to return to full-time touring with Blue Highway on Saturday, August 13, 2016 ..."
Blue Highway Voted Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time
Gaven Largent Honored with Dobro Player of the Year Nomination
Blue Highway Welcomes Gaven Largent as Newest Member
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 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.
Blue Highway Honored with Award Nominations
Tim Stafford at Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival
Tim Stafford will appear at the 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival, which runs Aug 16-20 at various locations in Gatlinburg, TN.
Tim will appear on August 18-19.
Fri Aug 18 ~ Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill -1654 E. Parkway - Gatlinburg - Songwriters round with Bobby Starnes and Mark Narmore. 6:30 pm.
Sat Aug 19 ~ Draft's Sports Bar & Grill -240 River Road - Gatlinburg. Songwriters round with Bobby Starnes and Steve Gulley. 6:00 pm.
Tim's page on the Festival Website: http://smswf.com/tim-stafford/
Main Event page: www.smswf.com
The festival features a mix of free and ticketed events. Tim's event should be free / not require paid registration.
Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Society Festival
Blue Highway plays Three 60-min sets, plus one 20-min Gospel set!
Saturday ~ 7:00 pm
Sunday - 4:00 pm & 9:15 pm
Plus ~ Sunday Gospel Time 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Blue Highway and four other bands will each perform one 20-min gospel set each.
PLUS ~ Saturday 2:45 pm ~ Songwriting Workshop with Tim, Wayne, and Shawn
Pickin' In Parsons Bluegrass Festival
Blue Highway plays Tues Aug 1 at 8:00 pm!
The biggest stars shine in Parsons Aug 1-5 ... Blue Highway, Jerry Douglas & the Earls of Leicester, Doyle Lawson, Flatt Lonesome, 3TO, RLB, Gibson Brothers, and many more!
Private Event - North Carolina
Wayne Taylor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Tazewell County Fiddlers Convention
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.
Tickets will be available at the Gate: Weekend Pass – $12 Single Day Pass (Friday/Saturday) – $7 All events FREE for kids 12 and under with accompanying paying adult.
Event Website ~ (click on Events Page - Fiddlers Convention):
Boyd County Fair
Diamond Ridge will open @ 7 pm. Blue Highway headlines @ 8 pm.
Address to use for GPS: 1627 West Midland Trail, Ashland, KY 41102
(Actual address, if needed: 1760 Addingtonn Rd, Ashland, KY)
Hamilton County Bluegrass Festival
Blue Highway plays at 5:00 and 9:00 pm!
Tickets Available at the Gate on day of show! No advance ticket sales.
Fair runs July 7-8. Single day tickets and a discounted Combo Ticket available!
Please go to Fair Website for details: www.visithamiltoncounty.com/includes/events/Hamilton-County-Bluegrass-Festival/52995/239/
Stratford Bluegrass Festival
Blue Highway plays at 7:40 pm!
33rd Annual Stratford Stride Bluegrass Festival runs Thursday - Saturday, July 6-9, with Blue Highway, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lori King, and more appearing!
Red, White and Bluegrass Festival
Blue Highway plays at 4:00 & 8:00 pm on Saturday!
Thursday Night Live
FREE Concert Series sponsored by the City of London!
Bring your Lawn Chairs and enjoy beautiful downtown London!
Susanville Bluegrass Festival
Blue Highway plays on Friday @ 2:05 pm & 8:10 pm, and on Saturday @ 7:05 pm.
Festival website: https://lassencountyfair.org/interim-events/bluegrass-festival/
Perry County Fair
3rd Annual Perry County Fair.
Free Event, open to the Public!
Local bluegrass bands will perform during the afternoon. Blue Highway headlines at 5:00 pm with one 90-min set.
Shawn & Gracie Lane co-headline Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival
Shawn & Gracie Lane to co-headline 21st Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival, honoring beloved Grand Ole Opry Star David 'Stringbean' Akemon!
Co-headlining their first official performance together, Shawn & Gracie and sons Grayson and Garrett will do two sets at 5:50 pm and 8:40 pm.
Blue Highway's Gaven Largent will appear with Shawn & Gracie on Dobro!
Festival runs Thurs Jun 15 - Sat Jun 17, with a Church Service on Sunday morning.
Tickets and Camping Sites available on-line! Full Schedule also on festival website at www.StringbeanPark.com!
Stringbean Park is @ 25 min off I-75 Exit 40 for London, KY.
Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
51st Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Music Festival!
Blue Highway plays one 75-min set @ 6:45 pm on Tuesday!
Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour
LIVE Radio / TV Show ~ Must be in seats @ 6:45 PM.
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Students and Children.
WoodSongs is the World's Largest Folk and Roots Broadcast. The show airs on over 500 radio stations worldwide ... and on American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations, plus every military base and US Navel ship world-wide ... Public Television Stations across America and KET within Kentucky ... 56 million homes nationwide on RFD-TV starting in July .... plus a Live multi-camera webcast, podcast, and video-audio archives on the show's website.
The show has a bigger audience than the Grand Ole Opry and Austin City Limits combined :)
Get your tickets and be part of this Live Broadcast on Monday, June 12, in Lexington, KY!
Call 859-252-8888 ... or email email@example.com ... to make a Reservation. Doors open at 6:20PM on the night of show, and you can pay for your ticket at the door.
Elizabethton Covered Bridge Festival
FREE Event sponsored by the City!
Music starts at 5 pm with Boots on the Ground and Mountain Rose.
Blue Highway headline at 8:00 pm!
Dollywood ~ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival
Blue Highway will perform three (3) 45-min sets on Sat June 3 at the Celebrity Theater at Dollywood at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm!
Performer Schedule: www.dollywood.com/lpg/Barbeque-and-Bluegrass-Performers/Assets/Alphabetical