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Shawn Lane Introduces New Limited Edition I-Tone Pick 

WALHALLA, SC  (September 21, 2017)  --  Blue Highway's heralded vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist Shawn Lane and Clemson University engineer associate Brad Poore announced to today the introduction of a new Limited Edition I-Tone Pick.  The Limited Edition Onyx is streamlined jet black with a heavier, thicker feel, due to a special diamond hardening agent being added to the original I-Tone material. 

I-Tone Picks are made from the same material used by NASA in construction of the Space Shuttle.  The almost indestructible material has one of the highest wear and temperature ratings known to man, and delivers crystal clear tone and clarity when it strikes the strings. 

Shawn Lane explains the introduction of the Limited Edition Onyx: 

"This Limited Edition of the I-Tone Pick is made of the original I-Tone material, but with a touch of diamond hardener added to it.  This hardener was added just to see what would happen. It was never meant to be made into a pick until it turned out so unique.  The Onyx brings the feel of a heavier, thicker pick, without physically making the pick any thicker than the Original I-Tone 41, while retaining the same durability and extremely high wear rating as the original ivory colored material. Just like the Original I-Tone Pick, he Onyx version has its own feel and tone characteristics. Also, as an added bonus, the modification process turned the color of this pick to a beautiful, streamline jet black.  The I-Tone Onyx will be a limited run of picks. The Original ivory colored I-Tone material will continue to be the main focus of our pick production going forward."

The Original I-Tone Pick debuted nearly a year ago in October 2016 to rave reviews from professional musicians and back-porch pickers alike:

"Love the I-Tone Pick!  Have used it every set with LRB since I got it, and will continue to do so!" - Jesse Smathers, mandolin player of the award-winning Lonesome River Band. 

"Best pick I have ever used! You can not go wrong with these!" - Mike Tallent, lead vocalist and mandolin player of Unbridled Strings Band.

The Limited Edition Onyx will be available for Pre-Sale on Friday, September 22, on the I-Tone Picks website at www.ITonePicks.com, with Free Shipping in the U.S. 

The Official Premier of the Onyx will be at IBMA World of Bluegrass Expo in the Raleigh Convention Center Exhibit Hall ~ Booth 414~ on Friday, September 29.    The Exhibit Hall will be open to the public on Friday-Saturday, September 29-30, from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Shawn Lane will be available at the booth to answer questions and sign autographs on Friday only. 

 

Shawn Lane is a fan-favorite vocalist, instrumentalist, and songwriter, and a co-founding member of multi-award winning supergroup Blue Highway.  Shawn is as explosive on fiddle as he is on mandolin, often lending his talents to the GRAMMY-winning Earls of Leicester when not on the road with Blue Highway. Shawn was nominated as 2015 IBMA Songwriter of the Year, and has co-written such perennial Blue Highway favorites as Tears Fell On Missouri, The Seventh Angel, V-Bottom Boat, Sycamore Hollow, and Sounds of Home, which was nominated as 2012 IBMA Song of the Year, as well as the beloved A Mother's Prayer with Ronnie Bowman, which was recorded by the GRAMMY-winning Hall of Fame legend Dr. Ralph Stanley.  Lane played in the bands of both GRAMMY-winner Ricky Skaggs and Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson prior to becoming a founding member of Blue Highway in 1994. 

Brad Poore is a guitarist/vocalist and respected engineer associate at Clemson University.  Brad brought nearly 20 years of experience in design, fabricating, welding and construction to this project.

 

For more information on I-Tone Picks, please go to www.ITonePicks.com

For more information on Shawn Lane, please go to www.ShawnLaneMusic.com and www.BlueHighwayBand.com

 

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Press Release and Photo Courtesy:

Sherri George

Agent, Tour Manager, and Publicist

Blue Highway, Shawn Lane, and I-Tone Picks

 

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Blue Highway's Shawn Lane Introduces Space Age I-Tone Pick 

WALHALLA, SC (October 5, 2016)  -- Blue Highway’s heralded vocalist, instrumentalist, and songwriter Shawn Lane and Clemson University engineer associate Brad Poore have unveiled a game-changing new flat pick called the I-Tone Pick

The I-Tone Pick is made from the same material used by NASA in construction of the Space Shuttle.  The almost indestructible material has one of the highest wear and temperature ratings known to man, and delivers crystal clear tone and clarity when it strikes the strings. 

The rare material is almost ivory-like, and dramatically increases the volume, tone, and clarity musicians get from their stringed instruments. Remarkably, it also creates little to no pick noise. 

Shawn Lane praised the I-Tone Pick, saying: 

“One of the first things that made me a fan of the pick, besides the huge sound it brings out of an instrument, is when I dropped it on a hard surface, it sounded like ivory when it hit. It has a crystal clear tone to it, even when dropped against something that doesn’t resonate.  It gets the absolute best tone, volume, and clarity out of my mandolin and guitar. As a professional musician for 27 years, I’ve always been looking for something to make my instrument more connected to me. These picks do just that.  If you want to bring out the most powerful, most natural, clear tone from your instrument, you are going to love I-Tone Picks!” 

Professional musicians are heralding the I-Tone Pick for the sound it brings from their instrument: 

"The I-Tone Pick has solved the problem of how to get the brightest tone with the least pick noise!  These things rock!"   -- Cory Piatt, of the band Mountain Faith.

"Crystal clear highs and warm woody lows -- with no pick noise!  What else could you ask for?!  I love these picks!"  -- Harry Clark, of the band Volume Five 

Shawn Lane and Jacob Burleson of the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band are featured in a video, showcasing the I-Tone Pick’s sound on mandolin and guitar:   https://youtu.be/6_FfqDa0Lko 

I-Tone Picks are available at www.ITonePicks.com and www.ShawnLaneMusic.com

A special Launch Week Promotion will enter all orders placed Oct 4-11 at www.ITonePicks.com to win an autographed set of Shawn Lane’s solo albums. 


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Press Release courtesy:
Sherri George
Publicist and Tour Manager, Blue Highway

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Space Age Flat Pick from I-Tone 

by  John Curtis Goad of Bluegrass Today

(October 4, 2016)  -- When it comes to learning a craft, there are lots of insider tips, tricks, and so called “trade secrets” out there – the stuff that “only the pros know” and everyone else is dying to find out. This can be especially true for musicians. This is where people get sucked into buying specific items like pedals, tuners, and other gadgets just because their favorite musician uses “the thing” or someone at their local music store (where the rubber always meets the road) convinced them they had to have it. 

All this stuff promises to make life easier for the musician, but the sad fact is that most is all hype and little to no delivery. On the flip side, every once in a while something comes along that just works. The I-Tone, although it sounds like something that could easily be a dating site for single banjo pickers, is the latest gadget to come across my desk. 

Literally made from material used on the Space Shuttle, this new flat pick is literally something out of this world! It’s just plain good. Without being overly technical, the I-Tone 41 is made of a material that has a really high wear tolerance and density, and is solid as a rock. At .041 of an inch in thickness, the iTone is a perfectly shaped and beveled flat pick that is sure to make a believer out of anyone who remotely likes the shape and thickness of this specific design. 

The pick was created in collaboration between Shawn Lane of Blue Highway, and Brad Poore, an engineering associate at Clemson University. Brad is also a musician, and brought his nearly two decades of experience in design, fabricating, welding and construction to the table for this project. 

It’s an absolutely great alternative to picks from manufacturers like Blue Chip. The only downside is that it is currently available in only one size and shape. As a teardrop guy who used to religiously use triangle shaped picks, I have to say it’s not my favorite design ever, although if they made a teardrop shape in it I’m sure I’d purchase several. 

In fact, I liked the I-Tone so well that regardless of the shape, I’ve got a couple on the way. I believe in it and bet that you’ll like it too. Next time you’re in the market for a good flat pick, make sure to give one of these a chance. It’s definitely worth a strum or two. 

The Shawn Lane I-Tone pick sells for $35 each, with free shipping within the United States ($3 international). All orders placed during this, their first week on offer, will be entered in a drawing to win an autographed set of Shawn’s solo albums (10/4-10/11/16).

http://bluegrasstoday.com/space-age-flatpack-from-i-tone/


 

What Purchasers Are Saying! 

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"Best pick I have ever used. You can not go wrong with these." - Mike Tallent, Lead Singer and Mandolin Player, Unbridled Strings Band, Sep 20, 2017.

"I have been using my I-Tone at every gig, and it has basically replaced my BlueChip." - Bobby Shepherd, Just Us Bluegrass Band, Sep 9, 2017.

"Excellent picks. I love mine as well!"  - Tim Carter.  Nov 3, 2016.

"I love mine. The best pick I've ever played with!" - Austin Mann.  Nov 2, 2016.

"I absolutely love this pick. Thanks, Shawn!   It was just the right pick to bring out all the different colors in my, D-40QM. Thanks so much from the Icy Holler Band .." - Daniel Norton, from Tennessee. Oct 23, 2016.

"Got mine two weeks ago... soon became my first choice over my TS and BC picks. Money well spent!" - Greg Ward. Oct 18, 2016.

"Man this thing can pull some tone! Crystal clear and loud too! Great sounding pick! Thanks!"  - Doug Young, Oct 13, 2016

"Received mine yesterday, less than a week after ordering. I like it better than Blue Chip picks! Thanks Shawn!" - Dan Simon, from Michigan. Oct 12, 2016

"I have one of Shawn's picks if anyone would like to try one out! I have had mine for 3 weeks today and haven't put it down! It's the real deal!!" - David Yates. Oct 8, 2016.

"Great pick. Picked one up from Shawn at one of his shows. Great tone and very smooth... replaced my blue chip!!" - Randy Graham. Oct 8, 2016.

"It's worth every penny y'all .. I just bought mine last weekend .. The I-Tone Pick helps with clarity and volume on darker instruments, yet, it's not brittle  .. Add it to your collection. I have a couple TAD 60's, but love the tonal versatility the I-Tone 41 adds. ..  I still like my Blue Chip, but this I-Tone has some characteristics I haven't found with any other pick." - Mickey Justice. Oct 6, 2016.

"This is one heck of a pick! It;s exactly as Shawn described it. I'm glad I got it ... The best way I can describe the I-Tone 41 is clarity and separation of frequencies from one note to the next.. Thank you for taking the plunge and marketing these!" - Mickey Justice (comment 2).  Oct 6, 2016.

"I bought a prototype from Shawn after Blue Highway's set at DelFest 2 years ago, and I love it. I have 2 Blue Chips as well -- but I almost always use the I-Tone!"  - Matt Baldwin. Oct 5, 2016.

"This pick gets great tone and glides over the strings .. the design seems to improve pick control also.  I got mine at a recent show in Columbus .. thanks, Shawn!!" - Daryn Steed.  Oct 5, 2016.

"It's my new fave pick, and I never thought I'd replace my organic pick with anything else!  I got in early on this one when Shawn had a couple prototypes available at G'burg!!" -  Lisa Kay Howard-Hughes.  Oct 4, 2016.

"I've had a pair since last Spring. I've used them since, both practicing and on stage .. They are very good!" - Stan Wass of Mandolin Camp North. Oct 4, 2016.

"I got one, and I love it!!" - Jim Walton.  Oct 4, 2016.
 

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Professional Musicians Weigh in on the I-Tone! 

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"The I-Tone Pick has solved the problem of how to get the brightest tone with the least pick noise!  These things rock!" 
-- Cory Piatt, of IBMA's 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year, Mountain Faith 



 

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"Love this I-Tone Pick!  I've used it every set with LRB since I got it, and will continue to do so!"   
-- Jesse Smathers, of Lonesome River Band 





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"Love these picks!  Crystal clear highs and warm woody lows -- with no pick noise!  What else could you ask for?!"

-- Harry Clark, of the band Volume Five 



 

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"Best pick I've ever owned or used!!   It makes hitting the strings and getting good tone practically effortless." 
-- Jacob Burleson, of the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band 




 

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ORDER YOUR I-TONE PICK TODAY!!


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