Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver,
The Original Band
(Sugar Hill, 1999)

Doyle Lawson formed his own band, Quicksilver, after a seven-year stint with the Country Gentlemen -- another excellent band whose music is worth a few listens to if you're any kind of bluegrass fan. As the title implies, the two albums comprising this CD were recorded with the original lineup of Quicksilver.

This is classic bluegrass; the only instruments used are mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, dobro and fiddle. The songs have been well chosen. Some are covers of bluegrass originals, like "Thinking About You" (Flatt and Scruggs), "On and On" (Bill Monroe) and "The Lonesome River" (Carter Stanley), while others are less obvious. "Yellow River" (the 1970 pop classic by Christie) and the opening "Mighty Mississippi" (an early New Christy Minstrels song) are not obvious choces for a bluegrass album, but they work extremely well, as does "'Til the Rivers All Run Dry," originally a '70s country classic by Don Williams.

Whether you are just getting into bluegrass or have a sizeable collection, you will enjoy this.

- Rambles
written by Peter D. Harris
published 23 August 2003

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