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 and 2017 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, and 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the YearShawn 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




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 #1 for 7 Weeks with New Single!

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 !     *

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 !

New Light Weight Model     |     Signature Model     |     Signature Model 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

November 5, 2016
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

October 20, 2016
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

October 4, 2016

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

September 30, 2016
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"

September 9, 2016 

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 voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today!   






Blue Highway to Perform National Anthem

Blue Highway will perform our National Anthem for the NBA's Charlotte Hornets vs Miami Heat game on Wednesday, December 9, at Time-Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte at 7:00 pm ET. 

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southeast and WFNZ 610 AM.



Blue Highway Announces Departure of Rob Ickes

November 18, 2015 - 3:45 pm ET




Blue Highway Honored with Eight IBMA Award Nominations

October 5, 2015
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.

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Previous events

Blue Highway at IBMA Expo Booth # 414

Raleigh Convention Center ~ Expo Center ~ Exhibit Hall, 500 South Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

Blue Highway will be at their Booth # 414 at IBMA Expo in the Exhibit Hall on Friday from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm.

Various band members will also be at the booth throughout the day on Friday only.

Shawn Lane will also be premiering his New Limited Edition Onyx I-Tone Pick at the Booth!

Blue Highway's Booth will be stocked with Merchandise and open to the public on FRIDAY and SATURDAY during the Exhibit Hall hours of 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Blue Highway Attending the 28th Annual IBMA Awards

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Blue Highway is honored to attend the 28th Annual IBMA Awards as Nominees in three categories:

** Vocal Group of the Year

** Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, for "Hallelujah"

** Songwriter of the Year, Tim Stafford

Tickets are available for the IBMA Awards at https://ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/awards

Tim Stafford and Jason Burleson at IBMA ~ Raleigh

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Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

  • Wednesday, Sept 27

*** 9:00 am ~ Tim Stafford ~ Songwriting Critique Session ~ Rm 306 A ~ Convention Center

*** 10:00 pm ~ Tim Staffford ~ Bluegrass Ramble ~ Songwriters in the Round w/ Tim Stafford, Becky Buller, Donna Ulisse, & Jon Weisberger ~ @ Kings Live Music Venue - 14 West Martin St

  • Friday, September 29

*** 3:00 pm ~ Jason Burleson ~ Exhibit Hall ~ Prucha Instruments Booth # 212 ~ Convention Center

Southwest Pickers Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival

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Red River Brandenburg Park, 100 East Main St, Red River, NM

43rd Annual Southwest Pickers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.

Blue Highway will perform Three Sets and Two Workshops!

Saturday, Sept 16 ~

11:00 am - BH First set

1:00 pm - Workshop - Flatpick Guitar - Tim 2:00 pm - Workshop - Harmony Vocal - Tim, Wayne, and Shawn

8:00 pm - BH Second set

Sunday, Sept 17 ~

10:00 am - BH Gospel set


Tim Stafford at Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival

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Gatlinburg, TN

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

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Heritage Park, 5100 41st St, Stony Plain, Alberta

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



Private Event - Linville, North Carolina

Wayne Taylor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Tazewell County Fiddlers Convention

Historical Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park, 3663 Crab Orchard Road, Tazewell, VA

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.

Wayne's Honor:

Event Website ~ (click on Events Page - Fiddlers Convention):

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