Bio

Shawn Lane is a fan-favorite vocalist, instrumentalist, and songwriter, and a co-founding member of multi-award winning supergroup and 27-time IBMA Award winner, Blue Highway.

Shawn is heralded for his lead and high-tenor vocals, 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 has penned 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 seven consecutive months at #1 on the national Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart and three consecutive months at #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Song Chart.

Lane also wrote four tracks on Blue Highway's GRAMMY-nominated 2016 album, "Original Traditional," including the #1 song "Don't Weep for Me."


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's first solo album "All For Today" was also highly heralded, being named one of the Top Ten Bluegrass Albums of the Year  in 2003 by CMT

Shawn was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, and has written 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 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 the GRAMMY-winning Hall of Fame legend Dr. Ralph Stanley. 

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 Blue Highway in 1994.

In answer to audience demand, Shawn and wife Gracie are doing a limited number of tour dates as a family in 2018-19. Skyrocketing to Headliner status, their first headlining gig as a family will be Sept 15-16, 2018, in Red River, NM, at the 44th Annual Southwest Pickers Festival.

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

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