Best of the Sugar Hill Years

Best of the Sugar Hill Years

by Doyle Lawson


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Best of the Sugar Hill Years

At a time when many bluegrass performers were drawn into the newgrass revival of the 1970s, Doyle Lawson was moving back in time, deeper into tradition. Whether working within secular or gospel bluegrass, Lawson gained a reputation for heading top-notch bands capable of tight musicianship and even tighter harmony. While Lawson has been properly singled out as an outstanding musician, his work has been defined within a group setting. Whether one mentions his secular recordings or his well-respected a cappella gospel recordings, it is the strength of Lawson and the players he has surrounded himself with that defines both styles. Best of the Sugar Hill Years captures Lawson in a number of settings from 1979 through 2001, offering an excellent overview of his work. Because Lawson sticks to his bluegrass and gospel roots, the collection holds together well despite the 23 years between "He Put a Rainbow in the Clouds for Me" and "My Beautiful Home." Perhaps the highlight, and the element that most sticks out in Lawson's career, is the a cappella harmony that graces songs like "When the Sun of My Life Goes Down" and "Climbing Up the Mountain." In both cases, four-part harmony provides a rich sonic listening experience, whether one adheres to the fundamentalist-based lyrics or not. Best of the Sugar Hill Years is a good introduction to one of bluegrass' finest traditional artists.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891402727
catalogNumber: 4027
Rank: 103801

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doyle Lawson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Guest Appearance
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Lou Reid   Bass,Vocals
Terry Baucom   Banjo,Vocals
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Jim Mills   Vocals
Dale Perry   Banjo,Bass,Vocals
Scott Vestal   Banjo,Vocals
Ray Deaton   Bass,Vocals
Randy Graham   Bass,Vocals
Jimmy Haley   Guitar,Vocals
Barry Scott   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Gulley   Vocals
Barry Abernathy   Banjo,Vocals
Doug Bartlett   Fiddle,Vocals
Russell Moore   Guitar,Vocals
Jamie Dailey   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Hunter Berry   Fiddle
Curtis Vestal   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Doyle Lawson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Steve Collom   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ernie Newton   Composer
Barry Poss   Producer
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver   Producer
Craig Havighurst   Liner Notes
Jamie Dailey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
W.B. Walbert   Composer

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