So great to see this website and see Shawn's legacy living on. Realizing how he touched so many of us, first of all with his guitar playing, secondly with his compositions and then 3rd.. as a human being. Just being around Shawn was such an amazing experience.. also recording with him in my little home studio.. Shawn doing everything first take and just basically burning the place down with his playing.. incredible and something I will never forget. His spirit is in his music and as long as we keep on playing his music, he will be here. Hearing his interested, humble and very alert gentle Southern accent in his speaking. Thanks for everything Shawn and your touch of beauty.
I've played guitar since the 1970s, thought I knew all the greats, but somehow didn't discover Shawn until about 11 years ago. Ran across a used copy of Abstract Logic in a music store, and that was it. For me his work with Hellborg and Sipe is the pinnacle of guitar playing. Still get shivers from some of those moments when you can just feel the synergy happening, the musical communication in real time. But even more impressive - a humble genius, voracious reader, encyclopedic movie buff, pianist, chef, all of it. And then to play through pain. As I once heard someone else say, Shawn transcended the physical limitations of the guitar.
Shawn raised the bar and set new standards in every respect. I believe we all experienced the work of a genius in our lifetime, no doubt about it. Shawn achieved the same level with everything in many cases by his teens, it was across the board, likewise his love of art, politics, World Cinema, reading, musical repertoire. RIP Shawn, a genius and Magician.
Thank You For Everything!!!!
Shawn's existence was a gift from above. His talent, passion and heart were not of this earth. He continues to inspire me every day. Thanks to his family and fans for keeping his spirit alive.
As DIrector of Artist Relations for VIGIER Guitars, one of my proudest achievements was hooking Shawn up with Patrice Vigier. Both are craftsmen. I had the pleasure of doing 2, 3-week clinic tours in Europe with Shawn. He had a very strong following in Europe and most clinics were packed; with mostly other guitar players. (like Buckeheat in Amsterdam) Shawn taught me much about art, museums, movies and of course music. Shawn was truly a musician's musician and a gifted one at that. I will forever remember our time hanging out together and seeing all of the lives he touched. His life was troubled at times but he put that into his music. His music still lives on as do our memories of him. Cherish those because there will probably never be another Shawn Lane. RIP buddy.
Fantastic!!!! Brilliant to see the legend kept alive...i was very fortunate to spend some time with Shawn...a true Gent and scholar of life!!! I am sure this venture will go well, Best wishes Diane and family.xxx
SHAWN LANE was an absolute incredible musician. Leagues above most. Brilliant and awe inspiring. Every time I listen to Shawn's music, I feel inspired and I FEEL the music, what Shawn was saying. It is very powerful and I can't help but get emotional when listening to this amazing music. Goosebumps at the same time. Thank you Shawn for your legacy, and as a guitarist, incredible material to attempt to learn. Very challenging haha! R.I.P. to a magnificent being.
I have to say Shawn Lane is my greatest musical inspiration. His music has so much soul, depth and beauty. There are days I feel like giving up on my dreams but whenever I hear him I want to get back to continuing my musical journey. Thank you for everything Shawn. Rest in peace maestro.
Shawn was the most humble, genuine person I’ve ever known. R.I.P
Thanks for the music sir !
Shawn played at my first club I worked at ( 1985 HighRoller) and played at my first wedding,Class Guy Personally and the Best Guitar Player I’ve Ever Seen
Yo R.I.P Shawn from England
Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Daughter Lisa. We will LOVE and Remember you FOREVER. I hope you and Shawn are Celebrating TOGETHER.
I have not been as moved by a Guitarist as I was by Shean Lane, in a very very long time - and I am a guitarist myself. His rendition of "All Blues" is erie and he is fiendishly passionate, in spite of the blistering speed. A true Divine Gift - a Man in his true element, immersed in his Sole Life Purpose - what a Bless to witness such! And all that to disciver him posthumously! He is a true Guitar Giant!
I was lucky enough to work with Shawn w/BO back in the late 70's. He was a great kid, full of fun and he never seemed to want to stop playing.. I have often commented to other players that they were good but "no Shawn Lane"
I was fortunate enough to get to play with Shawn one night at the BelAir when he sat in with us. I was playing with Wayd Battle and Cowboy Eddie Long at the time. Very memorable. Vey vey talented guy.
I've recently found out about the sonic tsunami that is Shawn Lane on a guitar. My jaw drops everytime I hear him play. Enjoy Shawn's music and spread the word. 😉
Every time I think about Shawn's death I am saddened to know that there is another genius guitarist that was struck down in the prime of his life by something out of their control. I shall forever enjoy what Shawn left and the knowledge he imparted before he passed.
Shawn, You are and always will be an inspiration to many. May you RIP and God Bless your family. Wayne Keller