Too bad he's dead
But Shawn Lane kicked *serious* guitar playing ass.
This is him relatively young...
He only lived to 40... he and Coltrane lived the same amount of time, basically. Smoking, BTW, aggravates the medical condition he had.
Lane had psoriasis his whole life and also suffered from psoriatic arthritis from the age of about 13. This did not impair his playing but caused difficulty walking, and required treatment with steroids which seriously affected Shawn's weight so much that he weighed over 300 pounds in the years before his death (though Shawn was slim in his youth). He also smoked constantly. On September 26, 2003, Shawn died in a hospital in Memphis, shortly after being told that he would have to remain on medical oxygen the rest of his life. He is interred in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis.
it's funny that he was in BOA - they always had lousy guitarists, or mediocre ones, at least. I loved that band when they had Tommy Aldridge on drums, but that was way before SL came along.