Marion, VA- Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will make their second appearance on Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Doyle is legendary in both bluegrass and gospel genres and frequently mixes them to deliver something special. Doyle has been playing and singing since he was 11. He and his group Quicksilver have won numerous awards, and Doyle has released nearly 40 albums and CDs. Doyle's awards include the National Heritage Fellowship and an Honorary PhD of Fine Arts at King College.
Born in 1944, near Kingsport, TN, Doyle Lawson has loved the sound of music from childhood. He could hardly wait for Saturday nights to listen to the Grand Ole Opry, and Bill Monroe, and Doyle decided that he wanted to play that kind of music. His family sang gospel music when he was young and Doyle acquired his love of quartet music early on. Doyle began playing mandolin when he was 11 years old, on a borrowed instrument. He mostly taught himself to play by listening to the radio, a few records, and watching the occasional TV show.
Doyle met Jimmy Martin when he was 14 years old, and made up his mind that he wanted to play music for a living. He realized that playing only one instrument was limiting as far as securing a job, so he also learned to play the banjo and guitar. In 1963, Doyle went to Nashville and got a job playing banjo with Jimmy Martin. For the next eight years, he played with Jimmy and JD Crowe, then in 1971, Doyle made the move to the Country Gentlemen.
Doyle had played in bands for more than 10 years and in 1979, he wanted to put together a group that would have “his sound", so he formed Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and laid the foundation for what has become the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver sound. Performing and recording gospel music has always been important to Doyle, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have recorded many more gospel recordings than secular ones. To Doyle, there is no better message than that of Jesus Christ. People must agree...2013 marks Doyle 50th year in bluegrass!
Also on the Song of the Mountains concert on February 2nd you will see and hear the Grass Cats, the Smith Family Band and Dixie Ridge. Tickets and information is available at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093. March 2, 2013 Song of the Mountains will feature the Kruger Brothers, Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Mark Newton and Steve Thomas, Paula Dellenback and Fox River and West Wend.
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