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Album Review

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver begin this brief disc (seven tracks, 25 minutes) with an inspired choice. When Paul Simon sang a duet with Phoebe Snow on his original composition "Gone at Last" in 1975, the two treated it as a gospel-inflected number. Lawson and co. don't really have to change it that much to render it as a bluegrass favorite, however, and it makes a good introduction to a collection that provides a précis of what the band does best. "Country Store" is a sentimental reminiscence about an institution that may be fading away in the age of Wal-Mart. "Leavin' and Lovin' You" and "Love on Arrival" present two sides of the romantic conundrum. "The Greenbrier Hop" is a lively bluegrass instrumental. "Precious Memories" is a well-considered version of the bluegrass gospel standard. And "Gone Long Gone" is a blistering closer. For Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, this is an account of what they do, drawn in miniature.


Genre: Country

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, fronted by the longtime member of progressive bluegrass pioneers the Country Gentlemen, is a bluegrass ensemble that has made both gospel and secular recordings since its inception in 1979. (Though, as Lawson is a devout Christian, the numbers tip in favor of the gospel.) The group has had numerous members move through its ranks over the years, the one constant being Lawson, who jokingly refers to his group as a "farm team" for professional bluegrass. Doyle Lawson was...
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