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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Along with Chasing Blue, Lexington, MA April 28th

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Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverBoston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union's 37th concert season concludes on Saturday, April 28th with a rare Boston-area appearance from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. One of the pioneering architects of contemporary bluegrass music, mandolinist and vocalist Doyle Lawson has helmed Quicksilver for over 30 years, creating a body of work that is unrivaled in its masterful blend of tradition, innovation, and vocal and instrumental precision.

Beginning his career on banjo with legendary (and legendarily demanding) bluegrass bandleader Jimmy Martin in 1963, Lawson built on Martin's hard-driving style during subsequent stints with the more eclectic, contemporary J.D. Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys and the Country Gentleman. When he formed Quicksilver in 1979, audiences were immediately captured by Lawson's unique sound, which matched an uncluttered, straight-ahead rhythmic sensibility with intricate vocal harmonies drawn from his love of southern gospel quartet singing.

Dubbed the “School of Bluegrass,” Quicksilver has introduced an astonishing number of premier bluegrass musicians to the world, including Russell Moore (IIIrd Tyme Out), Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent), Lou Reid (Lou Reid & Carolina, the Seldom Scene), Jim Mills (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder), Shawn Lane (Blue Highway), Steve Gulley (Mountain Heart), Hunter Berry (Rhonda Vincent & the Rage), banjo virtuoso Scott Vestal, and many, many more. Lawson has performed along side many of bluegrass's great artists, and recently joined Quicksilver in backing up Paul Simon on a track on Simon's latest album, So Beautiful or So What. The current Quicksilver lineup is his most versatile yet, featuring Jesse Baker (banjo), Corey Hensley (guitar), Carl White (bass), Josh Swift (dobro) and Jason Barie (fiddle). Expect an accomplished, thrilling mix of soaring vocals and tight, driving instrumental arrangements—not to mention a healthy dose of humor and charm.

Arrive early to catch an opening set by Chasing Blue, a formidable young unit that first coalesced at the Berklee College of Music and has since made a strong impression on the regional festival circuit with their mix of classically styled bluegrass with a contemporary lyrical outlook and progressive musical ideas. Additional info on Chasing Blue at

Tickets are $29 (BBU Members $26) and can be purchased online at or by mailing a check (payable to the BBU) with self-addressed stamped envelope to Boston Bluegrass Union, PO Box 650061, West Newton, MA 02465. The National Heritage Museum is located at 33 Marrett Rd. (Route 2A), Lexington, MA 02421. Doors open at 6:30pm and concert begins at 7:30pm. Directions can be found at or call (781) 861-6559.

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