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Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett

Date: Saturday, March 20 2021

Sit Down, Get Down

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

We are exicted to bring live music back to the Silver Dollar Showroom with our "Sit Down Get Down" series. We are also proud to be putting these hard working musicians back to work with these sit-down only shows. Our dance floor is closed but that doesn't mean you can't dance in your seat. No cover.

Shawn is a three-time GRAMMY nominee and 28-time IBMA Award winner with Blue Highway.   Heralded as a vocalist and instrumentalist, Lane is explosive on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar.  Shawn is also a respected songwriter, and was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, penning such iconic songs as The Game, Sycamore Hollow, and Tears Fell on Missouri.  Lane played in the bands of both Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver prior to becoming a founding member of Blue Highway in 1994.

Richard is a respected guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who began his musical journey at the young age of seven. By age 15, the East Tennessee native was touring with former Flatt & Scruggs fiddle player Benny Sims.  Gigs at Dollywood followed, with his big break coming in the 1990's as he joined the legendary J.D. Crowe & The New South.  Bennett appeared on Crowe's 1995 album "Flashback," which was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards.  He went on to tour with greats like Bobby Osbourne, Mike Auldridge, and Jimmy Gaudreau.  Richard also released several solo and trio albums on Lonesome Day and Pinecastle Records.  His projects have garnered radio airplay across the musical genres of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana.

Shawn and Richard started writing songs together two years ago. A few unique songs seemed to have a natural duo feel, so the two decided to spread their musical wings with a duo project showcasing their songwriting, instrumentals, and vocal chops.  Their sound that has a more folk and jam feel than the music Shawn and Richard release with their respective primary bands. 

Their debut EP , Land & Harbor was praised by some of the most successful folk / jam artists in the industry.

“Anchored by Richard Bennett’s elegant rhythm guitar and Shawn Lane’s clear-eyed, warm musicianship, Land & Harbor takes the listener on a heartfelt New Acoustic journey. Lane and Bennett, along with the precocious Gaven Largent on dobro, have created a musical world that is both spacious and intimate.”  --Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers

“This is some inspiring music. It transports you away from where you are to some distant, but yet somehow familiar place. The creative jams and transitions back into the tunes are pure ear candy.”-~Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters.

Their debut performance was at the heralded Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Boston on February 17, 2019, to rave reviews from fans and music critics alike.