Shawn Lane & Richard Bennett
Two Legends Join Forces:
Shawn Lane & Richard Bennett
Shawn Lane has turned heads and garnered cheers since last Summer with a # 1 single with powerful appeal and whopping staying power on the charts. I Met the Man relayed the true story and miracle of Shawn's dad coming back from 17 days in a coma with a supernatural story to tell. The single dropped ahead of his third solo album scheduled to release in 2019 called Shawn Lane: Family & Friends.
Shawn is a three-time GRAMMY nominee and 28-time IBMA Award winner with Blue Highway. Heralded as a vocalist and instrumentalist, Lane is explosive on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Shawn is also a respected songwriter, and was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, penning such iconic songs as The Game, Sycamore Hollow, and Tears Fell on Missouri. Lane played in the bands of both Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver prior to becoming a founding member of Blue Highway in 1994.
Richard is a respected guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who began his musical journey at the young age of seven. By age 15, the East Tennessee native was touring with former Flatt & Scruggs fiddle player Benny Sims. Gigs at Dollywood followed, with his big break coming in the 1990's as he joined the legendary J.D. Crowe & The New South. Bennett appeared on Crowe's 1995 album "Flashback," which was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards. He went on to tour with greats like Bobby Osbourne, Mike Auldridge, and Jimmy Gaudreau. Richard also released several solo and trio albums on Lonesome Day and Pinecastle Records. His projects have garnered radio airplay across the musical genres of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana.
Shawn and Richard started writing songs together in 2017. A few unique songs seemed to have a natural duo feel, so the two decided to spread their musical wings with a duo project showcasing their songwriting, instrumentals, and vocal chops. Their sound that has a slightly more folk and jam feel than the music Shawn and Richard release with their respective primary bands. Richard currently helps drive the traditional yet fresh sound of the J.D. Crowe & the New South reunion band, Flashback, while Shawn shines in the legendary multi-award winning supergroup he co-founded, Blue Highway.
Their debut performance was at the heralded Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Boston on February 17, 2019, to rave reviews from fans and music critics alike. Past performances include festivals and venues such as Southwest Pickers Festival in Red River, NM; The Down Home in Johnson City, TN; and Fiddlers Anonymous in Chattanooga, TN.
Their newest single "1,000 Miles" releases on February 23, 2023.
"With their polished vocals and instrumental magic,
they did more than entertain the crowd.
They offered a master class of sorts
in how to make just two instruments fill the sonic space,
how to blend voices,
and how to write compelling songs."
~ DAVID MORRIS, award-winning songwriter and journalist
Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett release "1,000 Miles"
Nashville, TN (February 23, 2023) -- Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett are excited to unveil their brand new single, “1000 Miles.” It’s the latest release from their upcoming duet project coming later this year via Bonfire Music Group. They were recently in the studio in South Carolina putting the finishing touches on the collection, delivering an acoustic, jam-type style feel throughout. Fans can download “1000 Miles” HERE.
“I think this song captures the essence of having distance between you and whatever it is that your thoughts hold,” says Shawn Lane (of Blue Highway). “This melody definitely lives in the feel good side of that distance. Every one of us felt it while this track was being recorded.”
The new single was co-written by both Lane and Bennett. Its lyrics touch on a relationship gone astray, with the result ending with both individuals being 1000 miles apart from each other. Together, they have a combined five Grammy nominations while also penning multiple No. 1 hits between the two of them. Years of inspiration and friendship are the driving force behind the new music. “1000 Miles” follows the lead single “Grey Wind,” which offered a first glimpse into what music enthusiasts can expect to come.
Prior to releasing music together, both Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett have both carved out their own paths in the Bluegrass, American and Roots genres. Lane is well-known for his time as a founding member of the award-winning band Blue Highway, where he has won an unprecedented 28 IBMA Awards. Over the years he’s also shared the stage with the likes of music legends Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson. On the other end, Bennett was a member of JD Crowe and the New South, while also performing on the legendary Grand Ole Opry multiple times with Bobby Osborne.
Stay tuned as more details become available about the full project! Learn more by visiting their website. While there, fans can learn more about each musician and their accomplishments.
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Duo Debuts at Joe Val
February 15, 2019
NEW Duo of Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett to debut at the heralded Joe Val Festival on the outskirts of Boston on Sunday, February 17, 2019. With his family album also on the way, Shawn announces a NEW DUO and dynamic album with respected former J.D. Crowe guitarist, Richard Bennett!
February 18, 2019
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