Born near Kingsport, Doyle Lawson developed a love of music at an early age. His father sang in a gospel quartet, and by the time Lawson reached his teens, he had learned to play the mandolin, the banjo and the guitar. It was the mandolin, however, that eventually became Lawson's instrument of choice.
Inspired by both his father's gospel quartet and Bill Monroe's bluegrass sounds, Lawson says the two genres continue to fuel his career, one that has spanned nearly 50 years.
Lawson's musical journey began in 1963 when he joined Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys, playing banjo. In 1966, he began an association with J.D. Crowe, first playing guitar but soon moving to mandolin. He joined the Country Gentlemen in 1971 and remained a member until 1979.
While with the Country Gentlemen, Lawson toured Japan and Europe, and recorded 10 albums with the group as well as a solo mandolin instrumental album.
Then, more than 30 years ago, Lawson decided he wanted to create his own brand of music, and that's when Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver was formed.
Lawson and Quicksilver will take the stage at Northeast State Community College on Feb. 22.
Show time is 7 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the college's main campus in Blountville.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Advance tickets are $20.
Quicksilver has seen a number of changes to its lineup over the past three decades, and has jokingly been called "the farm team of bluegrass." Quicksilver alumni have gone on to play for IIIrd Tyme Out, Mountain Heart, Continental Divide, Ricky Skaggs' band Kentucky Thunder, and Dailey and Vincent.
Today, in addition to Lawson on vocals and mandolin, Quicksilver is rounded out by Josh Swift on Dobro and vocals, Jason Barie on fiddle, Corey Hensley on bass and vocals, Mike Rogers on guitar and vocals, and Joe Dean on banjo and vocals.
With so many awards and accolades to their name, including being named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year for seven consecutive years and winning IBMA's Gospel Performance of the Year three years in a row, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver show no signs of slowing down, and have released nearly 40 albums and CDs, with "Sing Me a Song About Jesus" the most recent.
Lawson was named Mandolin Performer of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America at the 39th Annual SPBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, held earlier this month in Nashville. Lawson received a total of four SPBGMA Award nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary) with Quicksilver.
While he's recorded some secular music as well as gospel, Lawson's gospel releases far outnumber his secular recordings. It is the gospel music that Lawson says he believes his audiences come to hear.
For more information or to order tickets, visit www.northeaststate.edu/RCPA or call (423) 354-5173.
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