DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Sing Me A Song About Jesus,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks.
Doyle Lawson began his 50th year in bluegrass on Feb.3.
“Sing Me A Song About Jesus” is his 35th studio album. They’re divided almost equally between secular and sacred. Lawson is a master of both styles.
And he has the trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association to prove it.
Lawson & Quicksilver were named IBMA vocal group of the year from 2001 through 2007. They also won gospel performance of the year honors in 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 as well as song of the year in 1990 and 2003.
And last year Lawson, J.D. Crowe and Paul Williams won both gospel recorded performance and recorded event honors for “Prayer Bells of Heaven,” from their “Old Friends Get Together” album.
Lawson honed his skills in three legendary bluegrass bands.
He joined Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys as an 18-year-old banjo player.
Then came stints with Crowe’s Kentucky Mountain Boys (later the New South) and the Country Gentlemen.
In April 1979, Lawson created his own band, first known as Foxfire, and then Quicksilver, when he learned that another band was using the Foxfire name.
He’s been a top name in both bluegrass and gospel for more than 30 years.
The new album is everything fans of Lawson & Quicksilver hoped it would be.
There’s hard driving bluegrass on songs like “The Rich Man; powerful ballads on “I Saw Him Walk Out of the Sky; an uptempo gospel quartet on “Never Shall Run Dry”; and a couple of great a capella numbers — “The Greatest Creator” and “Going on Home.”
There’s also a new Christmas song, “Little Star.”
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