I was surprised to hear this news today. Justin Moses is the new reso band member. I had never heard of him until today. Good luck Gaven in your next adventure building guitars.
Saw this yesterday on Facebook, here is the press release from the Blue Highway website:
BRISTOL, VA (May 14, 2018) - Blue Highway announced today the addition of heralded multi-instrumentalist JUSTIN MOSES to the 24-year strong supergroup.
Moses will step up to the plate at Dobro, replacing departing Gaven Largent, who married his sweetheart over the weekend and will embark on new musical trails, including opening his own woodworking and resophonic guitar crafting shop in Virginia.
"Justin Moses is arguably the most versatile and talented bluegrass musician working in the business today," said Blue Highway co-founder and GRAMMY winner Tim Stafford. "He can sing all parts, and is an accomplished instrumentalist on mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and bass, as well as Dobro."
Justin's resume sparkles with superstars and legends. Moses has lived a musician's dream, sharing the stage with icons such as Clint Black, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Diffie, Jerry Douglas, Peter Frampton, and Barry Gibb.
Justin appeared on the 2009 GRAMMY Nominated and IBMA Album of the Year winning release "Wheels" by Dan Tyminski, as well as "Music to My Ears" by Ricky Skaggs, among other prominent releases.
Moses married the beautiful, multi-talented sweetheart of bluegrass, Sierra Hull, in 2017, merging two powerhouse musical talents. Sierra is a well-loved, accomplished mandolin player and vocalist, and GRAMMY Nominee. Justin and Sierra have several duo shows on schedule in 2018.
Justin has toured with bands like Blue Moon Rising, NewFound Road, Band of Ruhks, The Dan Tyminski Band, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. He has appeared on prominent television shows such as The Today Show, Conan, The Marty Stuart Show, and The Grand Ole Opry.
Moses is excited to continue his musical journey as the newest member of three-time GRAMMY Nominee and 27-time IBMA Award winning powerhouse Blue Highway.
"I've had the good fortune to play with many of my heroes in the music business, but I'm truly beyond excited to have the opportunity to play with Blue Highway," said Justin Moses. "Blue Highway has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard them play!"
The enthusiasm is shared among the members of Blue Highway, who can't wait to begin touring with Moses.
"Justin is an absolute beast on any instrument you put in his hands!" said Jason Burleson, Blue Highway's force on the five. "He's also a great singer, and a really nice guy. I'm really looking forward to working with him!"
"Justin is the dream band member: great guy, super talented on every instrument and vocal part, and dedicated," said Tim Stafford. "To say we're stoked to have him in the band is an understatement!"
"Justin is one of the most talented musicians in the music biz today," said Shawn Lane. "I’ve played music with him before, and enjoyed every second of it! I really look forward to making more music with him."
Shawn Lane and Justin Moses recently appeared together in Dan Tyminski's band on CBS-TV on The Late Show in support of Tyminski's new album "Southern Gothic."
The new team of Stafford, Taylor, Lane, Burleson, and Moses will debut on Saturday, June 2, at the iconic Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Blue Highway will play three shows at Dollywood's Celebrity Theater at 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 pm.
The band is revving up for their new team's debut -- five celebrated musicians coming together for an explosive Summer of touring, and the creation of a new Blue Highway album in studio.
Blue Highway albums have rocked charts and stood the test of time, from their debut release "It's a Long, Long Road" rising to earn IBMA Album of the Year honors in 1996, to their latest release "Original Traditional" on Rounder Records earning a 2017 GRAMMY Nomination.
From the stage to the studio, Blue Highway's engines are stoked and ready to entertain loyal excited fans.
"I've been a fan of Justin's for a long time, so getting to work side by side with him will be very exciting," said Hall of Famer Wayne Taylor. "Looking forward to what the future holds!"
"Having been around Blue Highway at events over the years, I've seen what great guys Shawn, Tim, Wayne, and Jason are," said Moses. "I'm really looking forward to getting started!"
Blue Highway's new turbo-charged musical engine will race starting on June 2 at Dollywood, followed by June 9 at HoustonFest, June 12 at Bean Blossom, and June 16 at Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Maine.
For Blue Highway's full Tour Schedule, please go to www.BlueHighwayBand.com.
For Blue Highway Booking, please contact Lee Olsen at Lee@keithcase.com or (615) 327-4646.
For Publicity and Tour Management, please contact Sherri George at BlueHighwayPR@hotmail.com.
For more info on Justin Moses, please go to www.JustinMoses.com.
Along with being "Mr. Sierra Hull" (married for one year) Justin is an amazing musician. You can throw pretty much anything with strings at him and he can play it - and play it well. Heck of a dobro player. I've been able to meet him on a couple occasions, real nice fellow.
A little weird in the press release above - you'd think one of the band members would wish Gaven well and thanks for two plus years of holding down the dobro chair after Rob left - but barely a mention. Gaven is a super talented player, but I wondered from the beginning when it was announced that he was taking Rob's place if "the kid" might be somewhat of an awkward fit. I have no details - it was just a gut feeling.
With AKUS on extended hiatus Dan Tyminski came out with a new solo album awhile back, and he had Justin on dobro last October during an appearance on Colbert. I wanted to post the video but it has been taken down by CBS and is nowhere to be found.
Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 05/15/2018 16:34:07
Very strange...not sure what Gavin's deal is, but I'm guessing the chemistry wasn't there and they asked him to step aside...interesting since he was the one groomed by Rob to take over...
Edited by - Oboe Cadobro on 05/15/2018 23:19:20
I've got to think that with all the band road time, and years and years of inevitable elbows on the bar with a drink and a cigarette "adult decompression", then being in essence, a "host family" , it would have been quite possibly out-of-sync.
It's Gaven with an "e" - one of the more commonly misspelled names in bluegrass. No surprise there - he is literally the only person I can recall in my life with that first name. I had to look it up: it's a boy's name of Celtic origin and an alternative to - you guessed it - Gavin.
Wow...I guess touring doesn't appeal to Gaven...
This just in: Gaven is going to be the new banjo player for Dailey & Vincent! I would imagine he will still play some dobro with them but one of them commented that they didn’t realize he even played the dobro.
Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 05/21/2018 02:09:21
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