Shawn Lane (March 21, 1963 - September 26, 2003) was an American musician, composer and
polymath. He quickly became a noted player in underground guitar circles and joined Black Oak
Arkansas when he was just fourteen years old.
He is best known for his solo album Powers of Ten and his long stint with former John McLaughlin
bassist Jonas Hellborg.
Shawn Lane was born in Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of eight he accompanied his sisters on the
piano, but did not play guitar seriously until he was ten. Lane progressed very rapidly on the guitar, and
he found it to be his natural instrument. At thirteen, he began to practice heavily, developing his