Doyle Lawson, Quicksilver On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Lonely Street"
  • "Ain't a Woman Somebody When She's Gone"
  • "When the Last of Our Days Shall Come"
  • "He Made It All Right"
  • "Blue Train on the Heartbreak Line"

Originally from Sullivan County, Tenn., Doyle Lawson possesses a love of a cappella gospel singing that was instilled in him by his musical parents. He found bluegrass via the Grand Ole Opry, as well as genre patriarch Bill Monroe and Monroe's band The Bluegrass Boys.

Lawson moved to Nashville at 19 and became a member of several touring groups, including Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys and JD Crowe & The Kentucky Mountain Boys. Eventually, he took a job with the legendary group Country Gentlemen, where he remained for eight years. Lawson first formed Quicksilver in 1979. Just like Martin and Crowe's groups, Quicksilver would become an institution, thanks to its distinct gospel harmonies and a driving bluegrass sound that never changed, even as the band's members came and went.

Here, Lawson and company perform songs from their newest album, Lonely Street, as well as the crowd-pleaser "Blue Train on the Heartbreak Line."

This feature originally ran on July 23, 2009.



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