Blue Highway - The Game
  • Talk is Cheap
  • The Game
  • Remind Me Of You
  • Dogtown
  • All The Things You Do
  • A Change Of Faith In Tennessee
  • Church Bell Wedding Blues
  • Where Jasmine Grows
  • My Last Day In The Mine
  • Just To Have A Job
  • Funny Farm
  • Hicks's Farewell
  • Talk is Cheap
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:37) [5.98 MB]
  • The Game
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:43) [6.22 MB]
  • Remind Me Of You
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:09) [7.2 MB]
  • Dogtown
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (04:14) [9.7 MB]
  • All The Things You Do
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:13) [7.38 MB]
  • A Change Of Faith In Tennessee
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (04:16) [9.75 MB]
  • Church Bell Wedding Blues
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:40) [6.11 MB]
  • Where Jasmine Grows
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:30) [5.72 MB]
  • My Last Day In The Mine
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:01) [6.89 MB]
  • Just To Have A Job
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:39) [8.34 MB]
  • Funny Farm
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:59) [6.82 MB]
  • Hicks's Farewell
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:31) [8.04 MB]
Biography
For more information, please contact:
Ashley Moyer
Rounder Records
amoyer@rounder.com

More available at Rounder Label Group

“The Game,” the title cut of Blue Highway’s new album, is the tale of a rollicking gambler, stylistically kin to songs like the venerable “Wild Bill Jones,” and other bad man ballads. It is rife with recklessness, immoral behavior, and gunplay. It is the kind of stuff that abounds in the earliest bluegrass, yet is a new original song. It was written by Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane and Alison Krauss’ bass player Barry Bales, and sung by Lane with all the fierceness in his wild tenor voice.

The Game, Blue Highway’s new album, marks their twentieth anniversary as a working bluegrass band, and the title cut illustrates several of the band’s strengths. The accompaniment comes from members of the band, all highly regarded instrumentalists; the vocal is performed by one of three excellent lead vocalists in the band, and the song, while original, harks back to the very roots of bluegrass, and highlights the band’s knack for respecting the history of the genre while remaining forward looking. Another Shawn Lane composition, “All The Things You Do,” co-written with Shannon Slaughter, was inspired by the recent untimely death of the great Harley Allen, although the lyric never alludes directly to Harley’s passing. Lane says that he had first begun thinking of a song along such lines upon the passing of bluegrass great Larry Rice. The lyrics deal with the universal sense of loss felt on such occasions.

A veteran of both Doyle Lawson’s and Ricky Skaggs’ bands, prized for his voice as well as his mandolin and fiddle virtuosity, Lane has been a key component of the Blue Highway sound, and has contributed many outstanding original songs to the band’s oeuvre. Two more examples of that are “Where Jasmine Grows,” a co-write with Gerald Ellenburg, and the melancholy “Just To Have a Job,” the latter an example of Lane’s feeling for the working man, a theme that permeates his best work.

During their twenty years together, Blue Highway has maintained an unusually high level of excellence in their music, consistently turning out bluegrass that’s characteristically true to the principles of the genre while remaining both memorable and original. Amazingly, the original personnel from the band (which formed in 1994) remains intact, a remarkable achievement in itself, given the frequent mixing and matching of personnel that is more the norm (banjo player Jason Burleson did leave for a short period early on, but soon returned to the band)

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1/18/14 Walhalla, SC Walhalla Civic Auditorium
1/31/14 Asheville, NC Isis
2/1/14 Galax, VA Fairview Ruritan
2/7/14 Nashville, TN Station Inn
2/8/14 Middletown, OH Finkelman Auditorium, Miami University
2/14/14 Framingham, MA Joe Val Festival
2/28/14 Bloomingdale, GA Randy Woods Guitars
3/1/14 Waldo, FL Dixieland Music Park
3/8/14 Arlington, TX Bluegrass Heritage Festival
4/5/14 Perry, FL Florida State Bluegrass Festival
4/11-13/14 Durango, CO Durango Meltdown
5/10/14 Long Creek, SC Chatooga River Festival
5/17-19/14 Branson, MO Silver Dollar City .
5/24/14 Snow Camp, NC Little John's Mountain Music Festival
6/6/14 Benson, NC GALOT Music Fest
6/8/14 Gaithersburg, MD City Hall Concert Pavilion
6/26/14 Kingsport, TN Bluegrass on Broad
6/27/14 Grayson, KY Rudyfest
7/18-19/14 Colby, KS Pickin' on the Plains Bluegrass Festival
7/25-27/14 Craponne, France Country Rendezvous Festival
8/1-2/14 La Roche, France La Roche Bluegrass Festival
8/9/14 Hebron, CT Podunk Bluegrass Festival
8/16/14 Salyersville, KY Ramey Memorial Park
9/5/14 McClure, VA Hills of Home Park
9/26/14 Manteo, NC Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
9/27/14 Berlin, MD Bluegrass by the Bay
2/28/15 Tysons Corner, VA Sheraton Premiere

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