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Blue Highway On Mountain Stage

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Blue Highway On Mountain Stage

Blue Highway On Mountain Stage

Blue Highway On Mountain Stage

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Blue Highway performs on Mountain Stage.

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Set List

  • "Bluebird Days"
  • "Sounds of Home"
  • "If You've Got Something to Say"
  • "Lonesome Road Blues"
  • "Wondrous Love"
  • "I Ain't Gonna Lay My Hammer Down"
  • "Skip to My Lou" (performed by Bob Thompson)

Deeply rooted in traditional sounds and drawing from singer-songwriter and country influences of the late 1970s, Blue Highway has earned its place alongside legendary acts like The Seldom Scene and J.D. Crowe & The New South. Blue Highway makes its third appearance on Mountain Stage in the border town of Bristol, Tenn./Va.

A rare feat in modern bluegrass, Blue Highway still features all five original members: Guitarist Tim Stafford is regarded as one of bluegrass' most literate songwriters, and was a driving force behind the success of Alison Krauss & Union Station. Dobro player Rob Ickes is the IBMA's most heavily decorated bluegrass instrumentalist ever, bassist Wayne Taylor's vocals give the group a soulful edge, Jason Burleson's mournful banjo tone provides a constant anchor, and the vocals of mandolinist Shawn Lane continue to call to mind those of a young Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill, 17 years after the group's formation.

Blue Highway is followed by Mountain Stage band pianist Bob Thompson, with his jazz-inspired variation on the children's song "Skip to My Lou."

This Mountain Stage performance was originally published on June 5, 2012.

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