Bio

Shawn Lane is three-time GRAMMY Nominee and 27-time IBMA Award winner with Blue Highway.

Shawn is heralded as a vocalist, and is as explosive on fiddle as he is on mandolin, often lending his talents to the GRAMMY-winning Earls of Leicester when not on the road with Blue Highway. 

Shawn is also a respected songwriter, was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, and has penned iconic songs such as the high octane title track of Blue Highway’s heralded 2014 album, “The Game,” a song co-written with Barry Bales which sent Blue Highway soaring to #1 atop multiple Bluegrass charts, including 7 consecutive months at #1 on the national Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart and 3 consecutive months at #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Song Chart.

Shawn wrote such perennial Blue Highway favorites as Tears Fell On Missouri, The Seventh Angel, V-Bottom Boat, Sycamore Hollow, and Sounds of Home, which was nominated as 2012 IBMA Song of the Year.   Lane also wrote four tracks on Blue Highway's GRAMMY-nominated 2016 album, "Original Traditional," including the #1 song "Don't Weep for Me."    Lane co-wrote Still Climbing Mountains and Born with a Hammer in My Hand  (nominated as 2000 IBMA Song of the Year) with Tim Stafford, as well as the beloved A Mother's Prayer  with Ronnie Bowman, which was recorded by GRAMMY-winning Hall of Fame legend Ralph Stanley. 

Shawn penned 10  tracks on his second solo album “Mountain Songs,” which was named the #19 Bluegrass Album of the Year by critic Daniel Mullins in his Top 20 Albums of 2014  List published in Bluegrass Today.

Lane has two solo albums to date,  with the first "All For Today" being named one of the Top Ten Bluegrass Albums of the Year  in 2003 by CMT

Lane played in the bands of both 15-time GRAMMY-winner Ricky Skaggs and legendary Hall of Fame legend Doyle Lawson prior to becoming a founding member of super group Blue Highway in 1994.

In answer to audience demand, Shawn Lane & Family are doing a limited number of shows as a family in 2018-19.  Co-headlining their first time out at Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival in 2017, their first headlining gig as a family will be Sept 14-15-16, 2018, at the 44th Annual Southwest Pickers Festival in the resort town of Red River, NM.

Shawn recently released a new single called I MET THE MAN, which tells of his father's coming back from 17 days in a coma with a story to tell.  The song hit #1 on the Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart on June 15, 2018.  The single was released ahead of Shawn's third solo album expected to drop in January 2019.

Shawn launched the space-age I-Tone Picks with friend and engineer Brad Poore to rave reviews in 2016.  Made from the same material as the Space Shuttle, I-Tone Picks dramatically increase tone, clarity, and volume.

Shawn has also been honored with a signature instrument, the Dearstone Shawn Lane Mandolin, which is handcrafted in Blountville, Tennessee, and available on the Dearstone website.

Shawn Lane is unbelievable! You think you know how good it's gonna be, and then he comes in and blows your mind.”

— BOBBY STARNES, Owner of Hat Creek Recording Company, Johnson City, TN.

Shawn Lane is the epitome of a triple threat ~ one of the greatest singers, songwriters, and musicians to ever live. Shawn is one of those artists who always delivers quality music. I love his new song, I Met the Man, and can’t wait to hear the whole album! I’m such a fan! ”

— SIERRA HULL, GRAMMY Nominee and IBMA Award Winner

Shawn Lane is one of my favorite musicians ~ and people ~ in the world. He's a world-class instrumentalist on the mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. But it's his singing and songwriting that sets him far above most others in the field. He has one of the most honest and soulful voices in acoustic music today, and the depth of his songwriting skills would be astonishing for someone twice his age. I rarely hear one of his songs that it doesn't bring a tear to my eye. And he continues to get better and better. I'm a fan! ”

— BARRY BALES, GRAMMY Award Winner with Alison Krauss & Union Station