Lonely Street

Lonely Street

by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver


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Lonely Street

It's been 30 years since singer and mandolinist Doyle Lawson first put together a group of hot young bluegrass talents and called it Quicksilver. The band has gone through countless permutations, but two things have remained constant: a startlingly strong balance between vocal and instrumental chops, and an ensemble harmony sound that is jaw-dropping in its perfect intonation and creamy sweetness. As usual, everyone sounds great on this album, but lead vocalist Darren Beachley is especially strong, and the mixed program of gospel and secular tunes shows off his voice very nicely. Some of these songs are a little bit surprising: you don't necessarily expect to hear messages of environmentalism and social justice in bluegrass music, but "The Human Race" expounds powerfully on both subjects; you also don't expect a romantic happy ending in a bluegrass song (messy death and prison followed by hanging are the more common tropes), but "Johnny and Sally" presents a hillbilly version of the Romeo and Juliet story in which everything turns out fine in the end. It shouldn't be surprising that the album's finest track is a gorgeous gospel number titled "When the Last of Our Days Shall Come," but another of the album's best moments is actually an instrumental, "Down Around Bear Cove," which sounds a bit like "Grandfather's Clock" and prominently features resonator guitarist Josh Swift. Lawson has never made a bad album, and if this one doesn't stand head and shoulders above the rest of his catalog it's only because his work has always been so consistently good.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661063525
catalogNumber: 610635
Rank: 280364

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver   Primary Artist
Doyle Lawson   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Darren Beachley   Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
David Johnson   Fiddle
Brandon Godman   Fiddle
Josh Swift   Percussion,Bass (Vocal),Guitar (Resonator),Weissenborn
Carl White   Bass,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Doyle Lawson   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Tim Mensy   Composer
Tommy Collins   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Composer
Carl Jackson   Composer
Mark Simos   Composer
Chris Stuart   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Alex Zanetis   Composer
Jon Weisberger   Composer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
George W. McCormick   Composer
Russ Roberts   Composer
Kenny Sowder   Composer
Gene Dobbins   Composer
Matt Robbins   Composer
Matt Lindsey   Composer
Dave "DaveyBoy" Lindsey   Composer
Lisa Shaffer   Composer
Van Adkins   Engineer,Remixing
Josh Swift   Composer

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