Blue Highway

Blue Highway

by Blue Highway


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Blue Highway

This is Blue Highway's first album for the Ceili label and it's an auspicious piece of work. The group members are all reaching the peak of their musical powers, both in terms of their instrumental prowess and their vocal skill. Factor in the strong songwriting of Shawn Lane and Tim Stafford and it all adds up to one of the most polished acts in bluegrass. The album features not only fiery instrumental work, as in "Lonesome Hearted Blues," but also a wonderful a cappella, rhythmic gospel number, "I Am Near the Gate" (written by Lane), a couple of tunes that approximate country music rather well ("Lonely Old Town" and "That Could Be You"), an evocative folklike version of Stafford's "Clay and Ottie," and the Western-flavored bluegrass sound of "I Hung My Head," a song written by Sting. Dobro player Rob Ickes is the primary IBMA award winner in this group but, as this self-titled release indicates, Blue Highway is a versatile and creative outfit. This album clearly ups the ante, but there's reason to believe that Blue Highway will achieve results at this level for some time to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2001
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890200220
catalogNumber: 2002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Highway   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Baritone (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Ricky Skaggs   Tenor (Vocal),Vocals (Rhythm),Vocal Harmony
Tom Adams   Banjo,Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Tim Stafford   Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Wayne Taylor   Bass,Vocals
Lee Ann Womack   Baritone (Vocal),Vocals (Rhythm),Vocal Harmony
Mark Fain   Bass
Shawn Lane   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Producer
Sting   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
Stan Strickland   Art Direction
Blue Highway   Arranger,Producer
Unknown   Composer
Crystal Dunn   Art Direction

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