Boston, MA -- Bluegrass superstars Blue Highway kick off their 20th year as a working band with a brand-new album, The Game, and a headlining slot at the 29th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, New England’s premier wintertime roots music festival.
Blue Highway’s The Game was released on January 21, 2014 to rave reviews. Daniel Mullins of Bluegrass Today wrote “In addition to being blessed with great singers and songwriters, Blue Highway is one of the most instrumentally gifted bluegrass bands on the circuit today,” while Marc Myers of JazzWax issues a challenge to his readers: “I defy you to sample a track and not fall in love with their sound and spirit.”
All Music calls the album “another fine set that shows off the group's intelligent songwriting and precision playing and singing,” while Hudson Valley Bluegrass sums the album up a bit more succinctly: “Really. Truly. Fantastic."
The album features eleven original compositions (each of the band’s five members contributed tunes, some of which were co-written with songwriters such as Barry Bales, Gerald Ellenburg, Steve Gulley, Craig Market, Shannon Slaughter, and Jon Weisberger).
Blue Highway is a rarity, in that all five of the band's original members — Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals), all of whom are highly-regarded instrumentalists -- are still in the current lineup, and all five of them write. The band also boasts not one, but three amazing lead singers.
Blue Highway’s set at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival is slated for 10 PM pm on Friday, February 14. The festival will be held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, in Framingham, MA. Weekend passes and single-day tickets are available from http://www.bbu.org/events/joe-val-festival/buy-tickets/