School of Bluegrass

School of Bluegrass

by Doyle Lawson
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Overview

School of Bluegrass

In the pop music world, it's not at all unusual for a very popular or highly influential band to release a collection of outtakes, rehearsal tapes, previously unreleased live tracks and other odds and ends. In the bluegrass world, it's almost unheard of. But Doyle Lawson is a figure of such stature, and his band Quicksilver has been (in its various configurations) such a constant and powerful presence on the bluegrass scene, that this two-disc, 50-track collection of rehearsals, live tracks and other curiosities will probably be welcomed by the bluegrass marketplace without a second thought. And so it should be: Lawson's rejects are better than most bands' final versions, and it's surprising how clean and polished most of the rough rehearsal recordings collected here are. Inevitably there are some clunkers, and there are a few live instrumental snippets that are really too brief to be worth including. But some of this stuff is simply spectacular: a lovely rendition of the Canadian fiddle tune "Northern Lights," thrilling settings of gospel classics like "Ezekiel Saw the Wheel" and "Jezebel" -- even some of the throwaway novelty numbers like "Polka on the Banjo" and "Tennessee Banjo Man" pack a surprising amount of wallop. This set isn't the place to start if you're just getting acquainted with Lawson's deep and impressive catalog, but it's a must for established fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
Label: Crossroads Records
UPC: 0645259054727
catalogNumber: 547
Rank: 101246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doyle Lawson   Primary Artist,Mandolin
Lou Reid   Bass
Terry Baucom   Banjo
Brad Campbell   Banjo
Shelton Feazell   Bass
Mike Hartgrove   Fiddle
Jim Mills   Banjo
Dale Perry   Bass
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Ray Deaton   Bass
Randy Graham   Bass
Jimmy Haley   Guitar
Barry Scott   Guitar
John Berry   Bass
Steve Gulley   Guitar
Barry Abernathy   Banjo
Doug Bartlett   Fiddle
Jim VanCleve   Fiddle
Russell Moore   Guitar
Hunter Berry   Fiddle
J. W. Stockman   Fiddle
Curtis Vestal   Bass
Shawn Lane   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Doyle Lawson   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Hylo Brown   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Vernon Derrick   Composer
Vince Gill   Composer
Pete Goble   Composer
Jimmy Martin   Composer
Bobby Osborne   Composer
Gordon Stoker   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Leroy Drumm   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Wes Golding   Composer
Mickey Gamble   Liner Notes
Tony Laiolo   Composer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Bill Carver   Composer
Cleavant Derricks   Composer
Dee Gaskin   Composer
William McKinney   Composer
Lynn Weathers   Graphic Design
Christy McHan   Art Direction

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School of Bluegrass 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
About a decade ago I picked up a couple of Doyle Lawson on sale LPs from Sugar Hill. They made no impression on me. This set sounded interesting so I decided to give Lawson & Quicksilver a second chance. I was surprised by the energy and range of these out-takes. They cover styles from bluegrass rave-ups to Southern gospel complete with piano. The harmonies sparkle. Now for the bad news. The sound on these tracks is quite variable. Some are stereo and some are mono and the sound levels vary from song to song. On a couple tracks Lawson's malfunctioning banjo pick can be heard. The All-Music review downplays the sound and I think the band's performance overcomes it but, if you are picky, buyer beware. I am now thinking of checking out a couple Lawson collections of his early music. on Sugar Hill.