DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Roads Well Traveled,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks.
Doyle Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame last year.
In country music, that would usually mean an artist’s recording career is over. But in bluegrass, it’s just another milestone along the way.
Lawson and his band, Quicksilver, have just released “Roads Well Traveled,” an album that lives up to his reputation of putting out some of the best bluegrass around.
The album includes a Lawson original instrumental — “By The Waters of the Clinch” — and “It’s Hard to Be Forgotten,” a song about a man who’s been forgotten by a woman he can’t forget, written by Lawson and bandmates Mike Rogers, Corey Hensley and Joe Dean.
There are covers of Lee Greenwood’s 1985 country hit — “Dixie Road” — and Jim & Jesse McReynolds’ “Fiddlin’ Will.”
But mostly these are new or relatively new songs about love found and lost.
There’s “How Do You Say Goodbye to Sixty Years,” about an old man standing by his wife’s grave; “One Small Miracle,” which finds a man praying that the one he loves will love him again; “When Love Is All You Want,” a ballad about a woman who still waits for her husband years after he’s dead; “Say Hello to Heaven,” a song about a man praying for the strength to forgive the drunk driver who killed his wife; and “The King,” a song about a man who has little in life but his wife treats him like a king.
“Dobro Joe,” a song about a man and his Dobro, and “I’m That Country,” a tribute to country living, don’t really fit the theme. But they’re good songs.
After 34 years and lots of personnel changes, Lawson & Quicksilver remains one of the best bands in bluegrass.
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