Blue Highway

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Blue Highway
Rob Ickes.jpg
Dobro player Rob Ickes performs with Blue Highway.
June 21, 2010
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres bluegrass, country, southern gospel
Years active 1994 - present
Members Jason Burleson
Shawn Lane
Tim Stafford
Wayne Taylor
Gaven Largent
Past members

Rob Ickes

Tom Adams

Blue Highway is an American contemporary bluegrass band, based in Tennessee, formed in 1994. They have released eleven CDs, their sixth and seventh – Wondrous Love (2003), and Marbletown (2005) – received Grammy Award nominations.


After helping "found the band Dusty Miller," which was the 1990 SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band champion, and "a key player in Alison Krauss & Union Station when it was named IBMA Entertainer of the Year in 1991," Kingsport, Tennessee native Tim Stafford "organized" Blue Highway in 1994. The group's first project, It's a Long, Long Road, "spent six months at the top of the Bluegrass Unlimited charts and won IBMA's Album of the Year Award (1996)."[1] Jason Burleson, the original banjo player with the group and a multi-instrumentalist, is a native of Newland, North Carolina.,[1] Rob Ickes, a Northern California native, moved to Nashville in 1992 and joined as a founding member in 1994. Ickes has won numerous awards for his playing,[1] and after a 21-year run with the band he announced his departure on November 18, 2015.[2] Ickes was replaced by resonator guitarist and Virginia native, Gaven Largent.[3] Vocalist, fiddler, and mandolin player Shawn Lane joined the group as a founding member after cutting "his musical teeth" in the bands of Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson. Lane's songs have also been recorded by Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Bowman, Mountain Heart, Blue Ridge, and other groups.[1] Lead singer Wayne Taylor, who plays bass, hails from Southwest Virginia and is also a founding member of the group.[1]


Current Members[edit]

Former Members[edit]

Honors, awards, distinctions[edit]

Grammy Nominations[edit]

  • Best Bluegrass Album (2005): Marbletown
  • Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album (2004): Wondrous Love

International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards[edit]

  • Song of the Year (2008): "Through the Window of a Train"
  • Gospel Recording of the Year (1997): "God Moves in a Windstorm"
  • Gospel Recording of the Year (2004): "Wondrous Love"
  • Emerging Artist of the Year (1996)
  • Album of the Year Award (1996): It's a Long, Long Road
  • Album of the Year Award (2006): Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer
  • Dobro Player of the Year (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996): Rob Ickes

Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Awards[edit]

  • Gospel Group of the Year (Overall) (2005)
  • Instrumental Group of the Year (2003)
  • Dobro Performer of the Year (2003): Rob Ickes
  • Bass Performer of the Year (2001): Wayne Taylor
  • Guitar Performer of the Year (2001): Tim Stafford

Dove Award[edit]

  • Best Bluegrass Album (2004): Wondrous Love


Blue Highway has toured extensively, including the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in 2005.[4]



Title Album details Peak positions
US Bluegrass
It's a Long Long Road
Wind to the West
  • Release date: July 16, 1996
  • Label: Rebel Records
Midnight Storm
  • Release date: January 27, 1998
  • Label: Rebel Records
Blue Highway
  • Release date: July 13, 1999
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
Still Climbing Mountains
Wondrous Love
  • Release date: June 24, 2003
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Release date: June 7, 2005
  • Label: Rounder Records
Lonesome Pine
  • Release date: April 25, 2006
  • Label: Rebel Records
Through the Window of a Train
  • Release date: February 12, 2008
  • Label: Rounder Records
Some Day: The Fifteenth
Anniversary Collection
  • Release date: January 19, 2010
  • Label: Rounder Records
Sounds of Home
  • Release date: August 23, 2011
  • Label: Rounder Records
The Game[5]
  • Release date: January 21, 2014
  • Label: Rounder Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b c d e "photos+bios". Blue Highway. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "ResoRevolution". ResoRevolution. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Blue Highway - Bio & Awards". Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival", Strings, newsletter of the Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society, October 2005
  5. ^ Lawless, John. "The Game from Blue Highway" Bluegrass Today, 19 December 2013

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