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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: A Broad Musical Production

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During the 1960’s, Doyle Lawson appeared in the bluegrass scene to become one of the most respected mandolin players in the United States. His experimentation of combining gospel sounds with his own band, called Quicksilver, lead him to impose his own unique musical style. He was born in Tennessee, on April 20, 1944 and he comes from a family whose several members used to sing in gospel quartets. He got his first mandolin when he was only 11 years old.

After some time he also started playing banjo, together with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. Then, he moved to Kentucky by 1966. Three years later, he made his debut with the album Bluegrass Holyday. In 1971, Doyle Lawson went on a musical tour to Japan with the Country Gentlemen; with this band, he joined for eight years.

1981 was a good year for Lawson’s production; the album Quicksilver Rides Again was a success. They also released a gospel album, Heavenly Treasures, which sold much more than the former album. After this achievement, Lawson & Quicksilver released a gospel production, this one called Beyond the Shadows, in 1986. They kept on recording gospel albums until early 2000. Two years later, Lawson released his new album Hard Game of Love, which had a different shade, not gospel oriented this time. His most recent production called You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper brought him back to be near Quicksilver again.

Through the years, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have overwhelmed their public with the emotion of their songs and the value of their Bluegrass style.

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