Shawn Lane was a phenomenally talented guitar player who never quite broke out beyond guitar enthusiasts and critics, but will remain influential to players for many years to come. Originally hailed as a child prodigy, Lane joined Black Oak Arkansas as a teenager, and could have been part of the guitar shredder movement of the late '80s and '90s, but his restless musical inclinations led him down a different path.Shawn was too lyrical and too much the composer to be satisfied with shred. When I returned home to Memphis in 2000, I started catching his shows. He played synth live along with his awesome guitar playing; and his taste ran the gamut from rock to classical to fusion to Indian music. He could put you in a state of bliss. Then, on one daunting day in 2003, I attended the funeral of Paul Burlison of Rock 'n' Roll Trio fame and then went to Shawn's wake. Celebrate Shawn's life again with me, though, by watching his videos; and help his family by buying his records. Below is Shawn performing "Gray Pianos Flying" from his Powers of Ten album. Click the play arrow and enjoy!
Sunday, June 11, 2006
I was telling SteveAudio the other day about my treasured acquaintance Shawn Lane, now sadly departed, when I found a trove of videos of Shawn playing on Google Video (which is now shut down, so I've changed all the links to YopuTube). From his biography on allmusic: