The buzz on the new Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver album, “Drive Time,” comes from two directions.
It’s short. Only seven tracks.
And Lawson, whose roots are deep in traditional bluegrass, has added drums to the album.
Short is a problem for Lawson fans.
You always want as many tracks as possible on a CD because it’s going to be a year or more until the next one hits stores.
But drums, not so much.
Lawson has always leaned toward the country side of bluegrass.
And much of bluegrass today sounds like country music in the 1950s and ’60s.
Heck, Lawson is even wearing rhinestones in the pictures with the CD.
And the album includes a cover of Dan Seals’ 1990 country No. 1 “Love On Arrival.”
So, drums, while a departure from past recordings, aren’t really a distraction here — except possibly for the most traditional of fans.
The album kicks off with a blazing version of Paul Simon’s “Gone At Last.”
Incidentally, Simon, a Lawson/Quicksilver fan, invited the band to perform on one cut of his new album.
Mike Rogers, one of the lead singers (and drummers), co-wrote three songs — “Country Store,” “Leavin’ And Lovin’ You” and “Gone Long Gone.”
Lawson wrote “The Greenbriar Hop,” an uptempo instrumental, for the album.
And fans of the band’s outstanding harmonies will love this beautiful version of the gospel classic, “Precious Memories.”
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.DoyleLawson.com.