Shawn Lane is a guitar player versed in so many styles that it's hard to pinpoint one. His most popular stuff is classified as Jazz Fusion, so let's go with that.Shawn began his musical career playing piano, but picked up a guitar when he was 10, and found he did much better with that. By age of 14, he was the lead guitarist for southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, and bootleg videos were quickly making their way around underground guitar circles.Quitting Black Oak Arkansas when he was 18, and settling down with a family, Shawn switched from playing rock to playing a very outside style of fusion, heavily influenced by Allan Holdsworth.Having recorded only a couple solo albums, Shawn found much more joy creating music with bassist Jonas Hellborg. The two both admired the other's playing, and shared common musical direction.Towards the end of his life, Shawn became fascinated with Indian music. When on his pilgrimage to India, Shawn broke the stereotype of the uneducated Westerner, and gained respect amongst many prominent Indian musicians as being nearly indistinguishable from a formally trained classical Indian musician.Throughout his life, and especially after his death, Shawn Lane is considered by many to have been God's gift to guitar, and has influenced many of today's best guitarists.
Shawn Lane albums
Albums with Jonas Hellborg
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