Wintergrass 2019 Performers- Blue Highway

Highly esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway has earned a collective 27 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, plus three Grammy nominations as a band, in addition to two prestigious Grammy Awards among its current members.

Blue Highway’s newly released album “Original Traditional”  is nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Blue Highway was voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today in April 2016.

Wayne Taylor was the 2016 Inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside legends like Patsy Cline, the Statler Brothers,  Jimmy Dean, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Roy Clark.

Tim Stafford received honors as 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year and 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year.  Shawn Lane was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, while new young Dobro phenom Gaven Largent was nominated as 2016 SPBGMA Dobro Player of the Year.

Blue Highway charted the Most Radio Airplay of any Bluegrass Artist in 2014, per the  2014 Bluegrass 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. blue-highway-by-sherri-george-wide-crop-5437

The 2012 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year also sent the title track of The Game  to #1 on multiple charts including Bluegrass Today and Roots Music Report, as well as holding at #1 for three consecutive months on the national Bluegrass Unlimited Song Chart (Aug-Oct 2014).

Blue Highway has been praised by peers, fans, and media alike, with one of the most powerful descriptions of the Bluegrass super group being shared by Country Standard Time:

“Wayne Taylor sings with the emotion of a man who escaped the coal mines and ain’t planning on going back. Tim Stafford continues to craft songs with depth .. The instrumentation is perfect. From the get go, Jason Burleson opens with the unique style that defines Blue Highway banjo..  Shawn Lane exemplifies modern mandolin, yet nods to the Monroe legacy. Three lead singers.. rich harmony .. songs of forgotten homeless veterans, fallen heroes, and heartbroken families. Blue Highway personifies modern acoustic music with respect for tradition. Highly recommended, highly respected.”

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.

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AWARDS:

IBMA AWARDS (International Bluegrass Music Association)
* Vocal Group of the Year– 2012
* Song of the Year – 2008, Through the Window of a Train
* Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year – 2004, Wondrous Love; 1997 – God Moves in a Windstorm
* Emerging Artist of the Year – 1996
* Album of the Year – 1996 – It’s a Long, Long Road;  2006 – Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (collaboration)
* Dobro Player of the Year – Rob Ickes – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
* Songwriter of the Year – Tim Stafford – 2017, 2014
Graphic Design for a Recorded Project – Blue Highway – Midnight Storm – Rebel Records – Craig Hansen – 1998
* ( Recorded Event of the Year – Special Consensus with Rob Ickes & Claire Lynch – Wild Montana Skies – 2014 )
* ( Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year – Rob Ickes, Jerry Douglas & Mike Auldridge – Three Bells – 2015 )

DOVE AWARD
* Best Bluegrass Album – 2004, Wondrous Love

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
* Best Bluegrass Album – 2017 – Original Traditional
* Best Bluegrass Album – 2005 – Marbletown
* Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album – 2004 – Wondrous Love

SPBGMA AWARDS
* Gospel Group of the Year (Overall) – 2005
* Instrumental Group of the Year – 2003
* Dobro Performer of the Year – Rob Ickes, 2003
* Bass Performer of the Year – Wayne Taylor, 2001
* Guitar Performer of the Year – Tim Stafford, 2015, 2001

GRAMMY AWARDS
* Tim Stafford – Best Bluegrass Album – 1992 – Every Time You Say Goodbye – with Alison Krauss & Union Station
* Rob Ickes – Best Bluegrass Album – 1994 – The Great Dobro Sessions – Collaborative album with Jerry Douglas, Tut Taylor, etc.
* Rob Ickes – Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album – 1994 – I Know Who Holds Tomorrow – with Alison Krauss & The Cox Family

UNITED STATES ARTIST FELLOWSHIP
Rob Ickes – Named 2010 United States Artists Cummings Fellow in ceremony at New York’s Lincoln Center. Ickes is the first Bluegrass artist to be named a USA Fellow.

POLLS
Blue Highway voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time by the readers of Bluegrass Today.  April 2016.

VIRGINIA COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Wayne Taylor was the 2016 Inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside legends like Patsy Cline, the Statler Brothers, Jimmy Dean, Mother Maybelle Carter, and Roy Clark.

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