As momentum builds for the 20-year strong powerhouse band, Blue Highway breaks into 2015 with Sold Out shows accounting for half of their concerts to date. The band has received 14 cumulative award nominations in the past 6 months, while their newest release “The Game” held the top spot at #1 for seven consecutive months on the National Bluegrass Unlimited album chart (June-Dec 2014).
Blue Highway have earned 24 collective IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and two Grammy nominations. The band received four Award Nominations in the 41st Annual SPBGMA Awards held in Nashville in early February, with band co-founder Tim Stafford walking away with Guitar Player of the Year Honors. The award comes on the heels of Stafford being named 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year last October in Raleigh.
Heralded dobro player Rob Ickes reigns as the Most Awarded Instrumentalist in the history of the IBMA with 15 Dobro Player of the Year honors, and was just nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album for his collaborative album “Three Bells” with Jerry Douglas and the late great Mike Auldridge.
Blue Highway’s newest release “The Game” was named the #1 Bluegrass Album of the Year by critic Daniel Mullins in his end of the year Top 20 Albums of 2014 list published in Bluegrass Today.
Blue Highway was also the Most Played Bluegrass Artist of 2014 according to the 2014 Bluegrass Radio Airplay Chart released by Bluegrass Today. Blue Highway had the most radio airplay of any bluegrass artist, with three songs in the Top 30 with a total of 12,115 spins. The new queen of bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, was just behind at #2 in radio airplay, with two songs in the Top 30 and 8,300 aggregate spins.