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Tim Stafford to Perform at Prestigious Songwriters Festival in Abingdon

ABINGDON, VA (May 26, 2016)  -  Blue Highway's Tim Stafford will perform at the 4th Annual Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival this Saturday, May 28, at 6:00 pm at Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) in Abingdon. 

Stafford was named 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year, and is a co-founding member of the multi-award winning Blue Highway, a band with 25 IBMA Awards who was recently voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today

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Official Statement from Blue Highway

Wayne Taylor Hospitalized with Surgery and Complete Recovery Expected

May 13, 2016 

Blue Highway's highly respected and much loved bass player, songwriter, and vocalist Wayne Taylor has been hospitalized on Friday, May 13, with heart surgery impending on Monday. 

Wayne experienced chest pain on Thursday evening, leading him to an Emergency Room visit where a heart attack has been diagnosed.  Open heart surgery has been tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 16. 

Taylor's wife Sharon relayed that Wayne is…

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Official Statement from Blue Highway

Shawn Lane's Father Hospitalized ~ Fan Appreciation Concert Postponed 

April 26, 2016 

"It is with great sadness that we relay that Shawn Lane's dad has suffered a massive stroke. Shawn's dad was airlifted via Life Flight helicopter last Wednesday, April 20, and is still in ICU on a ventilator / life support. 

Shawn has been by his dad's side for the past six days, and we praise and support Shawn in his unwavering loyalty to his father and his family.  We would appreciate asking for the continued kind…

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Cheers Roar for Blue Highway with Gaven Largent on 2016 Tour

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…

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Blue Highway to Host Fan Appreciation Concert

EMORY, VA  (March 10, 2016) -- Premier award-winning bluegrass band Blue Highway will host a first of its kind All Request Fan Appreciation Concert on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. 

The concert will be held at Emory & Henry's new $20 million McGlothlin Center for the Arts, the first outside event to be held in the elaborate new facility.  The Main Theater has six luxury boxes, a four-row balcony and four-row mezzanine, with a total capacity of 461 luxurious seats in…

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Blue Highway Announces Gaven Largent as Newest Member

KINGSPORT, TN (December 9, 2015) -- Blue Highway has influenced two decades of musicians since the band premiered in December 1994 -- from “The Voice” contestant and Knoxville teen Emily Ann Roberts who recently cited Blue Highway as one of her first musical influences, to the 19-year old phenom the respected powerhouse band has just announced as its new member.

Blue Highway announced today the addition of Gaven Largent as dobro player, filling the spot which opened when founding member Rob Ickes departedRead more
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Blue Highway Announces Departure of Rob Ickes


BRISTOL, TN (November 18, 2015) – Twenty-one years ago on December 31, 1994, five young men came together in Kingsport for a performance which launched one of the most respected and influential bands in modern Bluegrass. 

As Blue Highway gears up for a new album and an exciting new touring season, the powerhouse band will go forward without one founding member, Rob Ickes.

Blue Highway announced today the departure of their band brother and dobro player, Rob Ickes, who skyrocketed over 21 years into a…Read more
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Jason Burleson Announces New Signature Banjo by Prucha

Offical Unveil at IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh

NEWLAND, NC (September 28, 2015) -- Jason Burleson, heralded banjo player of award-winning band Blue Highway, is honored to announce the introduction of the Jason Burleson Signature Banjo by Prucha Bluegrass Instruments. 

The Jason Burleson Signature Banjo is part of the Spirit Line of the Czech Republic-based Pruscha Bluegrass Instruments, joining Alison Brown and Brandon Green as bluegrass artists with banjos in the exquisitely crafted signature Spirit…Read more
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Blue Highway Honored with Eight IBMA Award Nominations

BRISTOL, TN –  Highly respected supergroup Blue Highway is honored to be nominated for a cumulative eight IBMA Awards in the upcoming 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
 
The 2015 IBMA Awards will be held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m., in Raleigh, NC.
 
Blue Highway received nominations as a band for Vocal Group of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year.
 
Band members nominated for individual awards include Shawn Lane (…Read more
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Blue Highway Honored with Six-show Series on The Bluegrass Mix

BRISTOL, TN (April 21, 2015) -- Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway will be featured in a six-part series beginning April 22 on "Bluegrass From the Country Store."  The Ron Cornett-hosted weekly show airs on Wednesdays from 5:00-8:00 pm ET on www.BluegrassMix.com.

"It's an honor to do this series of interviews with all the members of Blue Highway," said Ron Cornett.  "Being able to cover their new individual projects, their newest #1 album "The Game," and ending with a special program "Twenty Years with…Read more
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Blue Highway to Perform National Anthem for Top NBA and NCAA Games

KINGSPORT, TN (January 12, 2015) -- Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform the National Anthem for the biggest pro basketball game of the season in Charlotte as the Charlotte Hornets take on the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs at Time-Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Tip off will be at 7:00 PM, with coverage by SportsSouth television network and WFNZ 610 AM Radio.

"Blue Highway is excited and honored to be asked to perform the National Anthem at one of the biggest NBA games of…Read more
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Tim Stafford and Rob Ickes Honored with IBMA Awards

RALEIGH, NC (October 4, 2014) -- Powerhouse band Blue Highway members Tim Stafford and Rob Ickes were among the award winners as the brightest stars in Bluegrass gathered on Thursday evening for the 25th Annual IBMA Awards at Raleigh's Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. 

Tim Stafford took home the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Songwriter of the Year Award.   Rob Ickes and Claire Lynch were special guests on a Special Consensus recording of Wild Montana Skies which was named 2014…

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Jason Burleson Recovering Well in France

Blue Highway's Burleson Suffered Ulcer Episode while on Tour in Europe

LE PUY, FRANCE (July 26, 2014) -- Powerhouse Bluegrass group Blue Highway is currently in France for a two-week tour with stops at the Country Rendezvous Festival in Craponne and the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in La Roche.  Following a high octane first night's performance by the band, reflecting their energized current #1 album "The Game," Blue Highway's heralded banjo player and vocalist Jason Burleson awoke ill this morning with what…Read more
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