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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Life Is A Story,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks

August 14, 2017

Doyle Lawson has been a professional bluegrass musician for 54 years, since he joined Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys in February 1963.

He’s fronted his own band, Quicksilver, for 38 years.

And he’s closing in on 40 albums to date.

The new album, “Life Is A Story, like much of Lawson and Quicksilver’s work, rides the range between traditional country and traditional bluegrass — back to the days before the labels became so rigid.

There’s “Love Lives Again,” a 1973 hit for George Jones, and “Little Girl,” a hit for John Michael Montgomery in 2000.

And to broaden the mix even more, there”s “What Am I Living For,” a 1958 R&B hit for Chuck “King of the Stroll” Willis.

“Kids These Days” is filled with nostalgia for more innocent times.

But the things it describes as 20 years ago were really more like 50 years ago.

Time, however, does fly.

“Guitar Case” is a good ballad about a man who packs his guitar case with clothes and sneaks away from the woman he no longer loves. But he finds a note inside it that says she understands.

And he starts his journey back home.

“Cry Across Kansas” find a man regretting the way he treated a woman after she kicks him out.

Lawson co-wrote “I See A Heartbreak Comin’ ” and bandmates Joe Dean, Eli Johnson and Dustin Pyrtle wrote, “Life of a Hard Workin’ Man.”

Another strong album by an act that’s been making them for nearly four decades.

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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Burden Bearer,” Mountain Home. 20 tracks.

July 11, 2016


Doyle Lawson has been playing bluegrass professionally for 53 years, since he joined Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys as the banjo player in February 1963.

In 1966, he joined J.D. Crowe’s Kentucky Mountain Boys, playing guitar and mandolin.

Lawson was with the Country Gentlemen through most of the 1970s and then created his own band — now called Quicksilver — in 1979.

Today with upwards of 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have been named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s vocal group of the year seven times and were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame in 2012.

They’ve also won numerous awards as gospel artists.

The new album, “Burden Bearer,” highlights the band’s gospel roots.

It’s a mixture of bluegrass and a capella gospel, evenly divided with 10 songs in each style.

There’s old material — “How Great Thou Art,” “God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign,” “The Touch of His Gentle Hand.”

And new stuff — the title track and “Best Friends” among them.

But what it mostly is is good bluegrass gospel.

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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “In Session,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks.

December 1, 2014

This one doesn’t hit the stores until Jan. 20, but if you’re a Doyle Lawson fan, you might want to save your Christmas cash and consider it a late present.

Lawson & his band, Quicksilver, are among the most prolific bands in bluegrass.

“In Session,” a secular album, follows closely on the heels of July’s “Open Carefully, Message Inside,” a gospel album, and August’s “Standing Tall and Tough,” which featured Lawson, J.D. Crowe and Paul Williams.

To date, Lawson has released roughly 40 albums in 35 years.

A couple of songs on “In Session” were written by band members.

Dustin Pyrtle co-wrote “Roll Big River,” a rousing song about a man who’s tired of roaming and wants to go home.

Eli Johnston co-wrote “Captain,” a song about a soldier who’s tired of fighting and ready to die after learning that the woman he loves has found somebody new.

“Americana,” a song that went to No. 8 on the country charts for Moe Bandy in 1988, and “You, You, You,” a 1953 pop hit by The Ames Brothers, are done bluegrass style.

The Monroe Brothers are remembered with new versions of Charlie Monroe‘s “Weep and Cry” and “Evening Prayer Blues,” an instrumental associated with Bill Monroe.

Carl Jackson and Aaron Wilburn‘s “Calling All Her Children Home” finds a man living in the North hearing a southern breeze calling him home.

Another good album by one of bluegrass’ top bands.

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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Open Carefully, Message Inside,” Crossroads Music. 11 tracks.

July 21, 2014

If you count compilation albums, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have recorded a string of more than 40 albums in the group’s 35 years.

“Open Carefully, Message Inside” is the 20th gospel album, meaning roughly half of the band’s music is bluegrass gospel.

And, as you might expect from the seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association vocal group of the year, the new album measures up to the high standards Lawson has set for himself and his band.

All six members of the band sing and they all get a chance to join in on “Get On Board,” an a capella number that’s one of the highlights of the album.

A capella fans get a two more offerings on the album — “He’s In Control” and “I Sailed Back.”

Lawson and Quicksilver are known for their quartet singing and “Lead Me To That Fountain” is a great example.

“Coming Soon” is a ballad about the return of Jesus.

“He Made The Tree” says that God made the tree on which Jesus was crucified and the man who drove the nails into His hands and feet.

“O Far Country” finds a man seeing heaven in his dreams.

“Will You Go” is a hard-driving bluegrass song about following Jesus.

Another good album by a great bluegrass band.

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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Roads Well Traveled,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks.

March 18, 2013

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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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Sing Me A Song About Jesus,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks.

April 2, 2012

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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DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, “Drive Time,” Mountain Home. Seven tracks.

April 25, 2011

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.”

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