From the moment they formed, Highway 101 presented a new approach to country music. The group’s blend of country roots and tradition with rock ‘n roll energy helped to catapult the country genre forward, tapping a whole new audience and paving the way for such mass appeal artists as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw.
The group was well in gear, traveling the U.S. and Canada providing their fans with everything from Buck Owens, and Roger Miller classics to Dire Straits hits, in addition to their own material. The group was able to present such a diverse musical act because, according to bassist Curtis Stone, there were no rules. “It didn’t matter as much what the song was, but how we made it sound. That was constant,” recalls Stone.
Their level of success was more than constant as Highway 101 continued to climb the charts. Highway 101 performed hundreds of concerts from; Casinos, festivals, conventions, clubs, town celebrations and fairs, with many trips abroad, as well as being voted Vocal group of the year by the Academy of Country Music twice and the Country Music Association twice.
Highway 101 has been through different incarnations since their original conception, they have always enjoyed a great deal of success, both in records and in live performance. Drummer Cactus Moser states, “One of the reasons we have continued to be successful over the years is because we always strive to maintain the same musical integrity in our live shows as on our records. For that reason, we tend not to record things that cannot be reproduced live. Plus, we have always been an extremely entertaining group on stage.”
Blue Gate Music Hall
175 N Van Buren St
Shipshewana, IN 46565