Songwriter and record producer, Doyle Lawson, along with his bluegrass band Quicksilver will bring their talents to King University on Monday, March 4, 2013 as part of the Buechner Institute Lecture Series. The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.
Doyle Lawson was born in Ford Town, near Kingsport in 1954. Growing up, Lawson enjoyed music and listened to the Grand Ole Opry. He became inspired by Bill Monroe, the founding father of bluegrass. Later in his childhood, Doyle started playing the mandolin. He taught himself how to play the instrument by listening to radio and records.
“Doyle’s music grows out of the rich Appalachian culture of his birth and his deep faith in God. He is very active in his local church and can be found helping out at a food bank or soup kitchen on days he is not on the road with Quicksilver,” said professor Errol Rohr, who’s known Lawson for years.
In 1963, at just 18 years old, Lawson left the Tri-Cities for Nashville to play banjo with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. After several years of playing with that band, Doyle joined the Country Gentlemen and played for eight years.
Doyle wanted to make his own mark and sound. After several years, Lawson formed his own band, Doyle Lawson and Foxfire in 1979. Soon after, the name was changed to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The band's perseverance and hard work style has shown through over forty albums since 1977 and through his band’s schedule, which includes over sixty concerts a year.
“His work as a musician, composer, and entertainer has been applauded the world over and the list of his awards is a mile long, including being a blue grass hall of famer and a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts,” Rohr added.
Every year Doyle hosts the Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Festival in Denton, N.C., which attracts visitors and fans of the band from all across the region.
“Lawson himself played impeccable mandolin and Josh Swift wowed on the dobro. Lawson regularly let his Quicksilver band mates take the lead vocals, with Mike Rogers, who sounds a bit like Vince Gil, carrying most of the load. The result was a robust fuller sound than what Schlegel’s set had produced and it filled every corner of the cave. Sharp and pleasant, it was tremendous instrumentation at its best,” said Ken Morton with A Roots Music publication.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will perform at 9:15 a.m. in the King University Memorial Chapel. The event is open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact Dale Brown at423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.
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