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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

One of the top mandolin players in bluegrass music since the early days of his career in the 1960s, Doyle Lawson incorporated traditional gospel quartet singing into his music after forming his own band, Quicksilver, and honed his unique bluegrass-gospel sound to a remarkable intensity. Lawson was born in unincorporated Ford Town, TN, near Kingsport. Several members of his family sang in local gospel quartets, but the Lawsons also listened to The Grand Ole Opry on the radio during the years when Bill Monroe was creating the music that took the name of bluegrass. Monroe inspired young Lawson to take up music and to learn the mandolin. He borrowed his first one at age 11 from a member of his father's gospel quartet and eventually taught himself the five-string banjo and guitar as well. In 1963, Lawson began playing banjo with Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys. He moved to Kentucky and played with various groups before joining J.D. Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys in 1966, first on guitar and then on mandolin. Lawson made his recording debut with Red Allen on the album Bluegrass Holiday and temporarily returned to Martin's band in 1969 but otherwise stayed with Crowe until 1971 and recorded two albums with him.

In 1971, Lawson joined the Country Gentlemen and toured Japan with them the following year. He remained with the Country Gentlemen for eight years, recording ten albums with the band. Lawson also recorded an album of mandolin instrumentals, Tennessee Dream, in 1977; the album also featured Crowe, Jerry Douglas, and Kenny Baker. In 1979, he put Quicksilver together, including banjo player Terry Baucom, guitarist Jimmy Haley, and electric bass player Lou Reid. In 1980, Quicksilver released their eponymous debut album and followed it up with Rock My Soul. In 1981, Quicksilver Rides Again, featuring Douglas, Mike Auldridge, and Sam Bush, came out. The group also released a gospel album, Heavenly Treasures, which sold better than the group's initial secular LPs, and Lawson himself proclaimed in 1985 that he had rededicated his life to Jesus Christ.

Lawson's next album, Once and for Always, appeared that year and featured both bluegrass and gospel tunes. In 1986, Lawson recorded the all-gospel Beyond the Shadows with new players Scott Vestal on banjo, Curtis Vestal on electric bass, and Russell Moore on guitar, and the following year brought the first of several a cappella gospel albums, Heaven's Joy Awaits. Lawson & Quicksilver gained a reputation for razor-sharp gospel harmonies that incorporated virtuosic vocal moves drawn from the African-American gospel tradition as well as from white quartet singing (some of it already rooted in black styles). Lawson recruited new members into Quicksilver but maintained consistency in the group's style. Continuing to record mostly gospel music, Lawson explored styles and presentation modes of the past in such albums as Gospel Radio Gems (1998), which was recorded with only a single microphone.

Several of the 1980s Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver LPs were re-released in pairs on CD in the late '90s by the group's longtime label, Sugar Hill. Lawson resurfaced with the new gospel albums Just Over in Heaven and Gospel Parade in the early 2000s, and in 2002 Lawson released the masterly Hard Game of Love, his first secular disc in some years. He bounced back from coronary problems later that year and continued to perform. In 2005 he put out the impeccably played/produced You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper, once again with Quicksilver, followed by More Behind the Picture Than the Wall in 2007. Lonely Street and Light on My Feet Ready to Fly appeared in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Married and the father of three children, Lawson is the longtime host of his own Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bluegrass festival in Denton, NC. ~ James Manheim, Rovi
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deymae1939
My favorites
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Love those high harmonies!!! !
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mytruelove19 9 6
Pandora, please correct the name of this song! Knee deep in bluegrass, not deep knee! LOL!
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r123112
Saw DL&QS last night in Kingsport, TN. What a blessing to Southern gospel fans!
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He's my cuz and uall aint rednecks cause uns ain't from tn or Kentucky or Alabama Mississippi north corolina or Georgia
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Lets hear it fromm all you Rednecks out there. I am a lover their music I am from Southern, Oregon. Yaaaa HHHooo.
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Great
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Can't go wrong with this kind of Bluegrass or any kind of Bluegrass. Just who invented Bluegrass... Maybe the Stanley Family. Yeah I never get tired of it..:o))
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jesusfreak3. 1 6 5
:) never get tiered of bluegrass
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Pure true gospel bluegrass.
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gusry904
Doyle Lawson Has The Best modt beautiful Mandolin Song Kickoff In The Business
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I love bluegrass music!
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i got to meet doyle years ago.he will remember slagles pasture.i worked security for clayton slagle.doyle will always be a friend
rangefinder6 3 5 @ g m a i l . c o m
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I love bluegrass.
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Just saw him last night and he and the band are AWESOME as always.
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Quicksilvers sound never changes, even though the singers change .Pure harmony.
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*they
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love these guys their great! wish tey were all gospel! i also LOVE!!!!!! barry scott and second wind!
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i love these guys
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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are the best bluegrass artists on the stage, absolutely flawless!
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mschermer1
I love their religious songs; sing with meaning.
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I love Doyle Lawson, one reason is that he went to school with my mom and dad, I listen to him all the time!
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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are the best bluegrass and gospel band i've ever heard. I recently had the priviledge of seeing the perform at the Niswonger performing arts center and I was blown away by the awesome vocals of mike rogers and the unity of the entire group.
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aaaune
One of the top bluegrass bands and Jaime Dailey sure made their singing at the top. The group is first class all the way.
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have kept up with doyle since he played with my other favorite bluegrass band,the country gentlement.t h s is saying a lot but doyle's group proabably has the best harmony in bluegrass.(u h oooooooooooo )
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I think the Country Gentlmen must have been blesed straight from heaven! It seems that anyone that anyone that everplayed them went on to be the best in Bluegrass!I feel blessed to listen to music and harmony this awsum!!
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love the tune can you hear me now
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I love this Group there is no one better. I love their singing especially the acappella.
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Its been over 11 years since my Grandfather passed this song was played at his funeral it still brings tears to my eyes when I hear it.
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jjbluegrass
one of the best
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deker52
my favorite singer!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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is there anything better?
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roypcaron
love his music,can never hear enough. Like the gospel/blueg r a s s combo.
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My husband and I sing alot of Doyle's songs and we love all his music, you just cant' beat it when it comes to bluegrass
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Great musician! Love all of his stuff.
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my dogs there better looking than me cant wait to see doyle in ky.
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shirley_wint e r s
A GREAT SINGER.
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LOVE THIS!!
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firedogg0181 8
GREAT MUSIC!!!
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cbneas
Lawson is the greatest vocal/musici a n - - bar none HE IS GREAT
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alsites2001
Doyle lawson the greatest gospel..
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Wonderful gospel music!!!!
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gustaylor
love doyle
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I love Bluegrass Gospel Music. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Flatt & Scruggs, Larry Stephenson, IIIrd Tyme out and all other Bluegrass Gospel singers.
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Doyle Lawson is the top in my opinion! I love Doyle Lawson &QuickSilver .
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REALLY GOOD BLUEGRASS SINGER.. MAKES MY DAYS GO BETTER.
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slapshot1894
Makes my whole day when I hear this!
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I think bluegrass is the greatest downhome music there is. Pure artistry, there are so many well practiced master musicians. I'm just in awe of their skills. Great stuff!!
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catchy9374
I love Bluegrass Gospel Music.
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GOOD
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