I had the pleasure of meeting Shawn back in 1982 in Albuquerque when the band I was in was opening up some concerts for Jim Dandy and Savage. I was knocked over by Shawn-he was just 17 years old at the time. His playing was so far beyond any guitarists I had heard-local or pro. Savage was awesome-a very hot fusion quartet that was unfortunately lost on the crowd-we were playing at a large bar. After the concert our band had ppl come up and telling us we were better than Jim and Savage-we answered, "Thanks, but you are wrong." Just another tribute to the tin ear of the masses... About 2 years ago I looked up Shawn online and was super impressed at what he had accomplished. I wasn't surprized-he had an incredible gift that was apparent to me from those concerts back in '82. A little over a year ago I met another mega talent on guitar-Jason Macedo. The first time we met we were talking about the influences on our playing and I asked if he ever heard of Shawn Lane. "Shawn Lane!! OMG!!! He is why I learned to play!!! He is it!!!!" Jason went on for quite some time talking about Shawn and how incredible he was. Out of all the names he talked about as far as influences Shawn was #1..
TRULY HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST I¥VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE. HIS SOUL AND SKILLS OR NOW FLYING IN THE AIR FOR THOSE WHO CAN TAKE THE TALENT IN HIS HANDS. LONG LIFE TO THE JAZZ FUSION!!
Just surfed in and found this really interesting place here. A lot of good stuff for everybody. Go on like this and i will surely visit your site again sometime.
Thanks for put up my song I did for Shawn it was done the night he pasted at 2 am I hope everyone enjoys it please send me some feed back on what you guys who down load it think .Shawn is my biggest hero there will never be anyone like him agian and he is the best guitar player ever born.Ps he is why i play today .Shawn we all miss you.Jason Macedo
Can I just say that as far as fast precision playing goes, Shawn Lane was the master. His skills were just beyond this world. He will always be remembered in my heart as an incredible, inspirational musician.
Great site, well done. I enjoy beeing here and i¥ll come back soon. You do a great job. Many greetings.
Like Trane, Bird, or Johnny Mac, Shawn had what every true musician strives for, his own true voice, the sound that belongs to them and no one else. What a privilege it is to be alive at a time when they were too. Looking forward to the day when I can jam with you Shawn and enjoy some "Rice with the Angels". Your forever friend and fan, Dennis
very nice pages. It¥s wonderful, being here. You do a great job.
Shawn lane has been and continues to be a great inspiration to me and my friends. Not a day p#@*%!es when I think of how far he could've taken his music. I will forever consider myself a fan. All I can think of is that it seems like the most most most degrading word to shawn to say was. I cant bring bring myself to say it as his records and amazing collaborations with jonahs hellborg continue to display the greatness that touched many of his fans. I am truly proud to consider myself a fan, and if there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me. Condolances for this immense loss to Shawns family and also the musical community.
Hi!, i¥m a guitar player and i have 21 years old. I have seen the worst notice about Shawn...i didn¥t know!!. I¥m a student of music and i think that his music will be whit us FOREVER. We remember Shawn in Madrid. My condolences to the Shawn¥s family.
Last month I've heard Shawn for the first time. He is so awesome and creative. It would be so great to see him live. Patrick
I was looking up great guitarists to look for potential names for a son I am trying to adopt. When I clicked on Shawn's name and went to the site, I was shocked to read what happened last year. I remember the first time hearing about Shawn in Guitar Player as one of the greatest unknown guitarists. Then I bought several of this albums including stuff he did with Jonas. I regret he was one of the few great guitarists I never saw live. May G-d be with you. The Moose
THIS SITE IS AWSOME.
I find your site exellent I will speak to my friends about it
keep on rocking wherever you are shawn
im sorry about shawn he was the best guitar player i ever heard! i wish he was still alive
I saw Shawn play with Black Oak Arkansas at the Stone balloon in Newark, DE (late 70's?) I have had the pleasure of seeing most the "greats" and have heard ALOT of great guitar over the years. NO ONE could play like Shawn. I remember thinking, "He's faster than the action on his guitar!". I chanced to mention his name in a record shop about a year ago, and the only other customer FLIPPED OUT! We talked for a good while about Shawn and a few other guitarists. This led me to buy Jens Johansson's FISSION, with Shawn and Mike Stern. WOW! I only learned today of Shawn's passing. My condolences to his family.
Hi Diane and family. Thank you for the phone call, and the conversation.You can't imagine how sorry I am I could not help Shawn while he was still with us.Let it be known that I was not the only one willing to help,there was a list of artists, Rusty Cooley being at the top of that list, along with Mickey who was in touch with me many times.I will be linking to this page from my website, and I will ask all my friends to do the same.I just want everyone in the music world, and those who are fans of Shawn's music to respect his wishes, and follow the lead set here by his family.I won't rant here, you can check my site for that in the near future, but please make sure when buying Shawn Lane material, that a share of profits are going to Shawn's estate to help out his family.If you come across material being sold without the OK of Shawn's estate, you should ask WHY.I hope I can help you in the future, you seem to be very nice people, I'm sorry for your loss. Scottie Mack
nice pages, well done. you do a great job.
It isn't often when you meet someone that has such a profound effect on your life, and it's even rarer to have the opportunity to become friends with that person. But Shawn was that sort of person, and his family has been so kind to me, as well. Shawn inspired me to pick up the guitar again, and to expand my musical horizons, because there is more to music than what is popular on radio or what tops the charts. He taught me to seek out knowledge wherever I may find it, to make the quest for knowledge a life-long endeavor, which is something we should all be doing. He demonstrated to everyone that life is meant to be lived, and that its adventures should be experienced daily, not occasionally. We will all miss Shawn, but we will always remember the fond memories, the astonishingly fast and beautiful music, and his legacy, which will continue to inspire and amaze for many generations to come. Cheers, my friend. Play on 'til we all meet again.