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Shawn Lane to Headline Southwest Pickers Festival 

RED RIVER, NM (September 14, 2018) -- Shawn Lane will headline the 44th Annual Southwest Pickers Festival in the beautiful resort town of Red River, NM, on Friday-Sunday, September 14-16, 2018. 

Shawn will roll into Red River with his beautiful and talented family to perform three shows and host two workshops during this weekend's event at Brandenburg Park.  Gracie, Grayson, and Garrett Lane will join good friend and Dobro phenom Gaven Largent as Shawn Lane & Family headline their first major festival. 

The Lane's first official performance as a family was in 2017 as they co-headlined with Larry Sparks at the 21st Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival, honoring Grand Ole Opry star David 'Stringbean' Akemon.  The Lanes were blown away by cheers during their last set from an appreciative crowd calling them back for an encore. 

Shawn is best known as a 27-time IBMA Award winner and three-time Grammy nominee with Blue Highway.   He was honored as a 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee, and appeared on CBS-TV with Dan Tyminski on The Late Show at New York's famed Ed Sullivan Theater in October 2017. 

Lane is currently coming off 7 weeks at # 1 on the Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart with his first single release, "I Met the Man."  The song is in the midst of 15 weeks in the Top 4 of the chart, and is the true story of his dad coming back after 17 days in a coma with a miraculous story to tell.  The song released on his CatTown Music label ahead of his forthcoming third solo album,  Shawn Lane: Family & Friends, which will shimmer with sparkling family harmony and appearances by good friends like GRAMMY-winning Barry Bales of Alison Krauss & Union Station. 

Shawn has quietly built a strong reputation as he has toured the world with the supergroup he co-founded, Blue Highway, and the legendary bands he began his career with in Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. 

"Shawn Lane is unbelievable," said Bobby Starnes of Hat Creek Recording Company. "You think you know how good it's gonna be, and then he comes in and blows your mind."

“Shawn Lane is the epitome of a triple threat ~ one of the greatest singers, songwriters, and musicians to ever live," said Sierra Hull, GRAMMY nominee and IBMA Award Winner.  "I love his new song, 'I Met the Man,' and can’t wait to hear the whole album! I’m such a fan!”

"Very few out there can compare with Shawn’s powerful yet tender voice, especially coupled with his own compelling lyrics," wrote Judy Adams in a recent Facebook post celebrating Shawn's powerful song about his dad. 

 

"Shawn is an incredible talent, and his multi-instrumental and songwriting talents have served him well over the years as a co-founder of Blue Highway," said Tony Mora, President of the Southwest Traditional & Bluegrass Music Association.    "We're excited to have Shawn bring his band to New Mexico for the first time, and we know it won't be the last!  Number one for seven weeks on the Bluegrass Today Gospel Chart with his latest original, 'I Met the Man,'  Shawn Lane is a powerhouse at the top of his game."

 

Shawn Lane & Family will perform three shows and host two workshops in mandolin and harmony this weekend in Red River, with their schedule at Southwest Pickers Festival shown below: 

 

Friday, September 14 
4:00 pm ~ Workshop ~ Harmony Singing @ Community House 

Saturday, September 15   
11:00 am ~ Set @ Brandenburg Park 
2:00 pm ~ Workshop ~ Mandolin @ Community House 
8:00 pm ~ Set @ Brandenburg Park 

Sunday, September 16 
10:00 am ~ Gospel Set @ Brandenburg Park

 

Tickets and information on Southwest Pickers Festival may be found at www.SouthwestPickers-Festival.org

Shawn will also go back to his beloved Virginia roots for a special Christmas show as part of the VHCC Arts Array Concert Series at Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church at 136 East Main Street in Abingdon on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 pm.  Tickets will be $10 at the door on the day of event. 

For more information on Shawn Lane, please go to www.ShawnLaneMusic.com

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Press Release courtesy:  Sherri George

 

Shawn Lane Introduces New Limited Edition I-Tone Pick 

WALHALLA, SC  (September 21, 2017)  --  Blue Highway's heralded vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist Shawn Lane and Clemson University engineer associate Brad Poore announced to today the introduction of a new Limited Edition I-Tone Pick.  The Limited Edition Onyx is streamlined jet black with a heavier, thicker feel, due to a special diamond hardening agent being added to the original I-Tone material.  

I-Tone Picks are made from the same material used by NASA in construction of the Space Shuttle.  The almost indestructible material has one of the highest wear and temperature ratings known to man, and delivers crystal clear tone and clarity when it strikes the strings.  

Shawn Lane explains the introduction of the Limited Edition Onyx:  

"This Limited Edition of the I-Tone Pick is made of the original I-Tone material, but with a touch of diamond hardener added to it.  This hardener was added just to see what would happen. It was never meant to be made into a pick until it turned out so unique.  The Onyx brings the feel of a heavier, thicker pick, without physically making the pick any thicker than the Original I-Tone 41, while retaining the same durability and extremely high wear rating as the original ivory colored material. Just like the Original I-Tone Pick, he Onyx version has its own feel and tone characteristics. Also, as an added bonus, the modification process turned the color of this pick to a beautiful, streamline jet black.  The I-Tone Onyx will be a limited run of picks. The Original ivory colored I-Tone material will continue to be the main focus of our pick production going forward." 

The Original I-Tone Pick debuted nearly a year ago in October 2016 to rave reviews from professional musicians and back-porch pickers alike: 

"Love the I-Tone Pick!  Have used it every set with LRB since I got it, and will continue to do so!" - Jesse Smathers, mandolin player of the award-winning Lonesome River Band.  

"Best pick I have ever used! You can not go wrong with these!" - Mike Tallent, lead vocalist and mandolin player of Unbridled Strings Band. 

The Limited Edition Onyx will be available for Pre-Sale on Friday, September 22, on the I-Tone Picks website at www.ITonePicks.com, with Free Shipping in the U.S.  

The Official Premier of the Onyx will be at IBMA World of Bluegrass Expo in the Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall ~ Booth 414~ on Friday, September 29.    The Exhibit Hall will be open to the public on Friday-Saturday, September 29-30, from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Shawn Lane will be available at the booth to answer questions and sign autographs on Friday only.  

Shawn Lane is a fan-favorite vocalist, instrumentalist, and songwriter, and a co-founding member of multi-award winning supergroup Blue Highway.  Shawn 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 was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, and has co-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, 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 GRAMMY-winner Ricky Skaggs and Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson prior to becoming a founding member of Blue Highway in 1994.  

Brad Poore is a guitarist/vocalist and respected engineer associate at Clemson University.  Brad brought nearly 20 years of experience in design, fabricating, welding and construction to this project. 

For more information on I-Tone Picks, please go to www.ITonePicks.com.  

For more information on Shawn Lane, please go to www.ShawnLaneMusic.com and www.BlueHighwayBand.com.  

 

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Press Release and Photo Courtesy: 

Sherri George 

Agent, Tour Manager, and Publicist 

Blue Highway, Shawn Lane, and I-Tone Picks 

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Shawn & Gracie Lane to Co-Headline Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival 

TYNER, KY  --  Shawn Lane of award-winning super group Blue Highway and his wife Gracie will co-headline the 21st Annual Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival on Friday, June 16, at Stringbean Memorial Park at 1410 Oak Grove Church Road in Tyner, KY.  

Shawn & Gracie Lane will co-headline the festival with Hall of Fame legend Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers for their first official performance on Friday, June 16.  

The duo's sons Grayson and Garrett will join Shawn and Gracie, along with 2016 SPBGMA Dobro Player of the Year nominee Gaven Largent of Blue Highway.  

Formally billed as Shawn & Gracie Lane, the duo is scheduled to perform two sets at 5:50 pm and 8:40 pm on Friday.  

The duo's appearance was sparked by the social media explosion each time Gracie posted a video of the duo singing on her personal Facebook page.  The response was overwhelming, with the first video "My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man" reaching over 20,000 people, and the most recent video "One More Day" reaching over 30,000 people in under 48 hours.  The response is remarkable when considering it was generated from informal cell phone footage on Gracie's personal Facebook page alone, with no help from any viral app or YouTube.  

Shawn asked Blue Highway's Tour Manager and In-House Booking Agent Sherri George to schedule a Summer 2017 performance to answer the demand for the duo to appear.  

A prestigious co-headlining spot alongside a Hall of Fame legend at a 21-year strong festival honoring one of the Grand Ole Opry's most beloved stars, David 'Stringbean' Akemon, was the spot crafted for the duo's first appearance.  

Rumors of an album for the pair also swirl as Shawn and Gracie prepare to make their first official appearance.  

Blue Highway fans need not worry, Shawn Lane is committed to the 23-year strong powerhouse group he co-founded in 1994.  Blue Highway's all-star members make special appearances frequently, from Jason Burleson's performances with 'Father of Newgrass' Sam Bush, to Shawn Lane's frequent guest appearances with the Grammy-winning Jerry Douglas & the Earls of Leicester.  

Appearing along with Shawn & Gracie and legend Larry Sparks at Stringbean Park on Friday, June 16, are festival host Phillip Akemon & Flatlick, Wilderness Road, the Fritts Family, Felix Brock & Gospel Harmony, the Sparrow Hawks, and Archie Campbell of Hee Haw's son Phil Campbell.  

Bluegrass music, food, arts and crafts run Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17, concluding on Sunday with the festival hosting its first ever church service at 9:30 AM on Sunday, June 18, 2017.  

Headliners overall include Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys; Hall of Fame member Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers; Eastern Kentucky's Dave Adkins Band, whose most recent Bluegrass album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Chart; and Shawn & Gracie Lane.  Regional favorites Laurel River Line, Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer, and Southland Drive featuring Charlie Hall of WCYO's Bluegrass Express, will also appear among 21 bands.  

Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival honors Jackson County native and beloved Grand Ole Opry star David 'Stringbean' Akemon.  His unique stage attire, traditional claw hammer banjo style, and entertaining stage banter endeared him to fans around the world. 'The Kentucky Wonder' was best known for his musical comedic performances on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry beginning in the 1940’s and on the television series “Hee Haw” until his tragic death in 1973.  

With a rich history and beautiful locale at Stringbean Memorial Park, the festival has hosted the biggest stars in Bluegrass in the heart of Jackson County, Kentucky, for nearly a quarter century.  

Festival hosts Phillip and Linda Akemon warmly welcome everyone to enjoy a wonderful family event at Stringbean Memorial Park, a beautiful 25-acre family-owned venue near the Daniel Boone National Forest, just 30 minutes off I-75 Exit 41 for London, KY.  

Single day tickets are $20 each, or a Big Three-Day Pass is only $55.  Campsites with electric are $25 per day, or dry camping is Free with a festival ticket.  All are available at the gate.  

Tickets, Camping Sites, and a Full Festival Schedule may also be found at www.StringbeanPark.com.  

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*  Video of "One More Day" ~ https://www.facebook.com/1529196086/videos/10211888711043045/ 

*  Video of "My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man" ~ https://www.facebook.com/1529196086/videos/10208565399682338/ 

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Shawn Lane Introduces Space Age I-Tone Pick 

WALHALLA, SC (October 5, 2016)  -- Blue Highway’s heralded vocalist, instrumentalist, and songwriter Shawn Lane and Clemson University engineer associate Brad Poore have unveiled a game-changing new flat pick called the I-Tone Pick. 

The I-Tone Pick is made from the same material used by NASA in construction of the Space Shuttle.  The almost indestructible material has one of the highest wear and temperature ratings known to man, and delivers crystal clear tone and clarity when it strikes the strings. 

The rare material is almost ivory-like, and dramatically increases the volume, tone, and clarity musicians get from their stringed instruments. Remarkably, it also creates little to no pick noise. 

Shawn Lane praised the I-Tone Pick, saying: 

“One of the first things that made me a fan of the pick, besides the huge sound it brings out of an instrument, is when I dropped it on a hard surface, it sounded like ivory when it hit. It has a crystal clear tone to it, even when dropped against something that doesn’t resonate.  It gets the absolute best tone, volume, and clarity out of my mandolin and guitar. As a professional musician for 27 years, I’ve always been looking for something to make my instrument more connected to me. These picks do just that.  If you want to bring out the most powerful, most natural, clear tone from your instrument, you are going to love I-Tone Picks!” 

Professional musicians are heralding the I-Tone Pick for the sound it brings from their instrument: 

"The I-Tone Pick has solved the problem of how to get the brightest tone with the least pick noise!  These things rock!"   -- Cory Piatt, of the band Mountain Faith

"Crystal clear highs and warm woody lows -- with no pick noise!  What else could you ask for?!  I love these picks!"  -- Harry Clark, of the band Volume Five.

Shawn Lane and Jacob Burleson of the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band are featured in a video, showcasing the I-Tone Pick’s sound on mandolin and guitar:   https://youtu.be/6_FfqDa0Lko 

I-Tone Picks are available at www.ITonePicks.com and www.ShawnLaneMusic.com

A special Launch Week Promotion will enter all orders placed Oct 4-11 at www.ITonePicks.com to win an autographed set of Shawn Lane’s solo albums. 

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Press Release courtesy: 
Sherri George 
Publicist and Tour Manager, Blue Highway

News Stories

 Shawn Lane Announces Availability for Booking

~   Cybergrass    ~  12 / 19 / 2017

www.cybergrass.com/node/5921#sthash.ygdMUMxG.dpbs

"Shawn Lane is no stranger to the stage, as a multiple GRAMMY nominee with 27-time IBMA Award winner Blue Highway. Shawn recently appeared with Dan Tyminski on CBS-TV on The Late Show in support of Tyminski's new album "Southern Gothic." As explosive on fiddle as on mandolin, the lead and high tenor vocalist has also appeared frequently with Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester, as well as in annual All Star performances hosted by good friend Barry Bales of Alison Krauss & Union Station. His first pro gigs were in the bands of 15-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs and Hall of Fame legend Doyle Lawson, prior to co-founding Blue Highway in 1994."

 

Shawn & Gracie Lane Accepting Dates as a Duo

~    Bluegrass Today    ~  12 / 19 / 2017

https://bluegrasstoday.com/shawn-and-gracie-lane-accepting-dates-as-a-duo/

 "Audience demand has always been an unstoppable force in the music business... Such is the story of Shawn & Gracie Lane.. who developed a following without ever intending to on Facebook.   Shawn is well familiar to bluegrass fans for his 23 years with Blue Highway ... He is widely understood to be one of our most gifted songwriters as well as a powerful tenor vocalist, on top of his mandolin, fiddle, and guitar playing...."  -- John Lawless