Blue Highway, one of the most influential groups in contemporary bluegrass, was recently nominated for five awards by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA). Both Wayne Taylor and the songwriting team of Tim Stafford/Steve Gulley were nominated for Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year. Stafford also received a nod for Guitar Performer of the Year. Rob Ickes was nominated for Dobro Performer of the Year and the band’s latest release, Through the Window of a Train, was nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year.
Through the Window of a Train, the band’s eighth album, features 12 songs, all written or co-written by Blue Highway’s five accomplished songwriters, whose songs have been recorded by bluegrass staples Ronnie Bowman, Mountain Heart, Ricky Skaggs, and others.
The group was also awarded the Song of the Year Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for the title track. Through The Window Of A Train showcases Blue Highway at their songwriting, instrumental, and vocal peak. With a nod to family, tradition, and travel on the album’s title track, the account of a fading cowboy on “My Ropin’ Days Are Done,” the characterizations of wars past and current on “Homeless Man” and “Two Soldiers,” and through the virtuosic picking on the instrumental “The North Cove,” Blue Highway simultaneously deliver the past, present, and future of bluegrass.
Blue Highway is: Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), Wayne Taylor (lead vocals, bass), Shawn Lane (tenor vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle), Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass vocals), and Rob Ickes (Dobro, Scheerhorn acoustic slide guitar).
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