Joey Jones of Rock House Entertainment has informed us that Doug Davidson, the dobro player for bluegrass group Laurel River Line, passed away October 21. Doug joined the band about 8 months ago. Doug was born June 7, 1968. Visitation will take place at 11:00AM Friday, October 25, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home, 1181 Main St. S, McKee,Kentucky 40447. The funeral will take place at 2 PM the same day with internment at Baldwin Family Cemetary in Gray Hawk, Kentucky.
Doug had become ill over the summer. There wasn't an immediate diagnosis but, a few weeks ago, he was admitted to the hospital for his ailment and that was when he was diagnosed him with pancresatic cancer.
The band has posted this tribute on their site...
“This post is the most difficult thing we've ever had to share. Today, we lost our friend and band member Doug Davidson. God blessed us with Doug 8 months ago, and although his time on earth with us was short, we know he was sent to us for a special reason. Doug impacted each of our lives with his passion for music and his love for God. He will never be forgotten and each special moment we had with him will forever be treasured. We will continue to carry him in our hearts while we follow our dreams knowing that we have a special angel watching over us as we go. Doug once said we were the best bluegrass band in the business, but it was him that truly tied us together. Now, he is standing on that mountain, and he is our angel singing those songs. We love you Doug. Prayers for his family and friends, he was a great man. Please pray for our band members Matt Kirby, Matt Scarbrough, Malachi Smith, and Brian Davidson.”
Originating in London, Kentucky in mid 2007, LRL began as a traditional gospel/bluegrass band formerly known as The Gospel Tradition. After playing locally in the community for several years, the band later changed their name to Laurel River Line. With various changes happening throughout the group, it was certain that founding members Matt Kirby and Matt Scarbrough wanted to ensure that the band carried through.