I know about you listening Centrifugal Funk.........you're amazing on that album!You always rock!! God bless you forever! ROBERTA 🙂
I think i may have finally found the guitar player that is to his instrument, what chick corea and jaco pastorious are to thiers. He may be gone but he wasted no time in the life had, and it was a gift to us all, something that will out live any person. Im very greatfull for being able to appreciate his music and personality. Truely an inspiration.
😀 I dont think shawn was the best ever but he has a place in my heart he plays fas and with feeling and nobody achieved that as well as this guy i hope he has had a jam with SRV Jimi and many more up there.
Shawn Lane was a master. His loss is one that will never be replaced, but he survives through his music, and it is this wonderful body of work that is timeless. Unfortunately, I was never lucky enough to meet him, but listneing to him he taught me tons, and he still teaches. Thank you so very much. m
I didn't know Shawn Lane, the man . . . but I did know Shawn Lane, the musician. I had the privilege of watching and listening to him play live many times. Yesterday as I read the newspaper article promoting the upcoming Benefit Concert, I discovered, for the first time, that Shawn had passed away. I shed tears uncontrollably!
Very few guitar players seem to reach out and touch your soul, while fewer still display those ineffable qualities of genius that transcends genre or even instrument to become musicians in the purest sense. Truly an inspiration to us all in not just how to compose or play, but how to live. God Bless.
Truly great playing Shawn, sorry there couldn't have been more of it. You'll always be an inspiration.
Hi Shawn Friends, I feel fortunate to be a close friend to Shawn and the family which I love. We were together since he was a kid learning the guitar. My Twin brother Greg and I share many fond memories watching Shawn grow as a musician. We spent time together weekly for the last 4 yrs. of his life, till his last evening here. We lost a Dear friend that never said an unkind word, A very sweet and loving person. I remember him playing my banjo on a friend's patio, laughing and having fun. We played a workshop series together that was so fun among many memories of jamming together. My brother and I will always remember our Friendship musically and outside of music. Such a Genius. He was so excited about List and the other composer's that I'm sure he is enjoying being with now. Randal Morton
I had heard about Shawn for many,many years, but found that his work was hard to find. With the coming of the 'net, I'd found, at last, a good resource. I am stunned by the scope of his music. Being a shred guitarist myself I was tired of the same old thing. He took this thing of ours, and put it in a new light. I may be late to the party, but Shawn will be missed by my ears and my heart. Thank you, Shawn, and thank you to the family keeping this web-site around.
Truly a legend. I can only imagine the music he would've created had he stayed longer. I'll see you on the other side bro.
A musical legend is no more with us and it's hard to accept the fact still now. I have seen Shawn Lane in India and have fallen in love with his style.
Took me 15 years to get my love for Music back. Discovering Shawns music helped that come about. Truly inspirational. I am saddened by his passing but I celebrate his life and his contribution to mine....
I just wanted to send my love, admiration,and appreciation. I have been aware of Shawn since the 80's and have been influenced and inspired by him ever since. He was the quintessential renaissance man, from what I understand.He had a voracious appetite for knowledge of all kinds and immersed himself in all of the arts and sciences. Not only was Shawn a great musician, he was a great spirit! I will always be grateful for the gifts he left us.Thanks so much for this website!
Well, I thought I'd seen it all when I first met Shawn 9 years ago. I had no idea there was even more room for my jaw to drop down to until I saw footage from Black Oak Arkansas live in Detoit in 1979. Sixteen years old. Shredding like Al DiMeola on a gallon of coffee. Jim Dandy told me that so many people NEVER saw Shawn play like that, don't even KNOW there is video footage out there of it! He's jumping around like a madman, kinda like Angus Young or something just NAILING the solo's, completely ON FIRE. I have to say that honestly, now, I have seen it all. Pretty soon we might all get a chance to see some of this footage, until Black Oak releases it we'll have to wait...but it's coming! I miss you Shawn. More and more. -Crafton
Ever since seeing Hellborg, Lane and Sype open up for MOE in NYC one New Years eve in manhattan, i have become sonically apathetic to most of what i hear. No other musicians have ever touched me or brought my spirits to such high levels as HLS did that night - Shawn specifically. I cannot believe that for years now I have told others of this amazing experience, shared with them the one bootleg i had from the show, tried to convey in words how moved i was without breaking down into tears, and yet not even know until now that he has passed. I am just as ashamed as i am saddened. Rest in peace.
Shawn, I miss you so much. Rest in peace. Still hearing your music. You can be proud of it... very proud...
I had never heard of Shawn until recently when I did an internet search for Jonas Hellborg (I saw Hellborg twice in the 1980's with Mahavishnu) and stumbled across some videos of Hellborg-Lane-Sipe. Myself a guitarist, I was utterly floored by Shawn's abilities, and couln't believe I had never heard of him. I was quite dismayed when I learned of his passing, and I wish I could have seen him perform live. I will have to be content with the incredible inspiration that his playing imparts.
Thanks brother. You give me hope and inspiration everyday.
Rest in peace, brother.