Saturday, April 6, 2013
At the 19-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band's nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today.
Individually, Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals) are masters of their respective roles. Together, in Stafford's words, they are “a democracy in the best sense of the word”: five gifted artists selflessly merging their talents into a seamlessly brilliant group sound.
With ten highly-acclaimed albums to its credit, Blue Highway has garnered two Grammy nominations, a Dove Award, topped the Bluegrass Unlimited radio charts, and won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Refusing to coast on past glories, Blue Highway continues to push its music to new levels of accomplishment. Artfully balanced between tradition and innovation, it remains in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music.
Taking their name from the primary north-south thoroughfare into downtown Boston, Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway make hard-driving bluegrass music. And as anyone who's ever been on the Southeast Expressway at rush hour would expect... they can definitely jam! Southeast Expressway strives to make modern bluegrass music that is at once both beautiful yet powerful, hip yet traditional.
Although the band was formed nearly a decade ago, the current incarnation of Southeast Expressway has been together for just a couple years, yet in that time we have been honored to play at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, open for the Seldom Scene at the National Heritage Museum, and perform at one of the most venerable folk clubs in the country: Club Passim located in Harvard Sq., in Cambridge, MA.
Tickets can be purchased online or by mailing a check (payable to the BBU) and
self-addressed stamped envelope to Boston Bluegrass Union, PO Box 650061,
West Newton, MA 02465.