Dobro player Rob Ickes performs with Blue Highway.
June 21, 2010
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Genres||bluegrass, country, southern gospel|
|Years active||1994 - present|
Blue Highway is an American contemporary bluegrass band, based in Tennessee, formed in 1994. They have released nine 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)." Jason Burleson, the original banjo player with the group and a multi-instrumentalist, is a native of Newland, North Carolina., 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. 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. Lead singer Wayne Taylor, who also plays bass, hails from Southwest Virginia and is also a founding member of the group.
- Jason Burleson — banjo, guitar, mandolin
- Rob Ickes — dobro
- Shawn Lane — mandolin, fiddle, vocals
- Tim Stafford — guitar, vocals
- Wayne Taylor — bass, vocals
Honors, awards, distinctions
- Best Bluegrass Album (2005): Marbletown
- Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album (2004): Wondrous Love
International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards
- 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
- 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
- Best Bluegrass Album (2004): Wondrous Love
Blue Highway has toured extensively, including the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in 2005.
|Title||Album details||Peak positions|
|It's a Long Long Road||
|Wind to the West||
|Still Climbing Mountains||
|Through the Window of a Train||
|Some Day: The Fifteenth
|Sounds of Home||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Official website
- "Blue Highway - Biography". Country Music Television.
- Leaver, Jack. Biography of Blue Highway at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-08.
- "Blue Highway's Red-Hot Bluegrass". All Things Considered. NPR Music. December 25, 2005.