BRISTOL, VA (April 22, 2016) -- Cheers are greeting award-winning supergroup Blue Highway this Spring as they have taken their new young dobro phenom Gaven Largent on the road for the first tour dates of 2016.
Blue Highway's young dobro sensation turned 20 today, and the band celebrated by releasing new video footage of the band with Largent on fire performing the Shawn Lane-penned 'Sycamore Hollow' in Savannah. Additional footage showcases the band's a cappella vocal chops on their Dove Award-winning 'Wondrous Love' in Cincinnati.
The show-stopping applause heard following Largent's solo introduction to 'Sycamore Hollow' in the video footage isn't a random occurrence.
"Every time Gaven has kicked off 'Sycamore Hollow,' we have to stop the song until the applause die down," said Wayne Taylor. "It's happened every single time we've played that song. It's amazing to see that consistent crowd reaction."
The much appreciated cheers for Blue Highway and Largent are a clear testament each time the show-stopping applause roar that the new kid on the block who stepped in for his idol has passed muster.
"It must be awful tough to step in there with the inevitable comparisons and skeptics," said Matthew Gordon. "But Gaven is making great music that stands on its own, and shuts that whole line of approach down quick."
Largent is impressing fans and Music Critics alike, as Benjamin Charles of the Palm Beach Daily News wrote of Blue Highway's recent Sold Out performance on April 10 in Palm Beach, FL:
"Another standout member of the ensemble was the newest addition to Blue Highway, the 19-year-old dobro phenomenon Gaven Largent. His technical abilities on the instrument are astonishing, paralleled only by his musical sensibility. He provided musical introductions for Sycamore Hollow and Nothing But a Whippoorwill, and solos on several of the numbers, all of which received rousing applause from the audience... "
The hardest audience to impress may be the members of Blue Highway, and the boys in blue are sold on the Gravy Man, too.
"He's put some fire under us!" said Shawn Lane.
"Gaven never ceases to amaze me," said Jason Burleson. "He's a hoss cat on the resophonic guitar!"
Speaking of Largent's recent nomination as 2016 SPBGMA Dobro Player of the Year, Tim Stafford shared, "I have a feeling this is just the beginning of many accolades for Gaven. He's a real hoss and we are proud to have him in Blue Highway."
Wayne Taylor relayed the band knew they had a winner from their first meeting with Gaven. The first song that Blue Highway members asked Largent to play was Still Climbing Mountains, and Taylor recalls of Gaven's performance: "It was Rob's kick off, note for note. It was perfect. Gaven amazed all of us. It honestly couldn't have been any better."
Amidst the cheers, the down to earth young man from the heart of the Shenandoah Valley continues to impress his heroes in Blue Highway with more than just his music.
"Gaven is just an exceptional young man," said Wayne Taylor. "He's one of the most polite people I've ever encountered of any age. He'll go out of his way to help people, and it's not just on rare occasions. I just don't see a lot of kids his age these days who do that, and it's just refreshing to see that and be around him. Gaven is not only an exceptional musician, he's also an exceptional person."
With their 11th studio album on the horizon and a winning team intact, Blue Highway rolls on into their 2016 tour schedule, with a handful of their upcoming performances including:
Sat May 7 - Circa Blue Fest - Martinsburg, WV
Sun May 8 - Court Square Theater - Harrisonburg, VA
Thurs May 19 - Isis Restaurant & Concert Hall - Asheville, NC
Fri May 20 - Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN
Sun May 22 - The Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC
Fri Jun 10 - Festival of the Bluegrass - Lexington, KY
Sat Jun 11 - HoustonFest - Galax, VA
Wed Jun 15 - Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival - Bean Blossom, IN
Press Release courtesy:
Publicist and Tour Manager, Blue Highway