Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Taking to the Blue Highway

When bluegrass guitarist and singer Tim Stafford left Alison Krauss and Union Station 17 years ago, he had no inkling he would sniff that kind of success again.
The band had just started to heat up, having won the International Bluegrass Music Association's entertainer of the year award in 1991. Even greater success was coming.
But Stafford had other priorities. He had a newborn son in 1992, after having been on the road for 340 days the previous year. He knew he needed to spend real, quality time with the boy, Daniel. So he began looking for players who didn't want to spend so much time on the road, who wouldn't want to count on one band for their living.
Within two years, he had formed his group, Blue Highway, with Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals


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