Shawn Lane – Mandolin

Shwan LaneShawn Lane – One of the most affecting singers in the business, Shawn cut his musical teeth in the bands of Ricky Skaggs (who expressed a special regard for his tenor singing) and Doyle Lawson, before joining Blue Highway as a founding member.

A brilliant musician on mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, he is also a world-class songwriter. Shawn’s songwriting is strongly represented in the Blue Highway repertoire; four of the 12 songs on Blue Highway’s latest release, Through the Window of a Train, were penned by him, including the powerful “Sycamore Hollow”, deemed “a standout” by Billboard magazine, and “Where Did the Morning Go”, hailed by critics as an album highlight and described as “hypnotic” by the Smoky Mountain News. “Born With A Hammer in my Hand,” co-written with Tim Stafford, was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2000 IBMA Awards. (Click on the Lyrics links on the Music page for details of Lane’s contributions to the Blue Highway discography.) His compositions have also been recorded by Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Bowman, Mountain Heart, Blue Ridge and others. Check out his great solo record, All for Today, released by Rebel in 2003. Shawn Lane ‘s signature instrument is the Dearstone Shawn Lane Model Mandolin.

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