A quintet comprising young upstarts and bluegrass veterans, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver return to the secular world with an awe-inspiring demonstration of hot picking and wondrous harmonizing in the southern quartet tradition. Lawson's virtuoso skills on the mandolin are amply showcased, but he's too generous a leader to hog the spotlight. The interplay between his piercing solos and hotshot fiddler J. W. Stockman's wailing lines adds a grand, rustic flavor to a high lonesome treatment of Jim Reeves's countrypolitan classic, "Four Walls." Banjo maestro Terry Baucom's evocative picking sets the pace for the plaintive coal-mining epic "Girl from West Virginia," which soars on wings of high tenor vocalizing, as Lawson and Stockman pitch in with tasty mandolin and fiddle incursions of their own. A Lawson original, "Rosine," kicks off with his fleet-fingered commentary, then backs off for Baucom, Stockman, and guitarist/vocalist Jamie Daley to make their own jaunty statements before Lawson returns with another round of mandolin spitfire. Just as they did with "Four Walls," Lawson and company turn Porter Wagoner's "What Ain't to Be, Just Might Happen" into a bluegrass toe-tapper with buoyant gospel quartet overtones. Banjo, fiddle, and a tear-stained tenor lend a honky-tonk tear-jerker feel to the poignant reminiscence of a deeply felt first love, "Oak Valley Girl." Whether they're kicking up a barn dance storm or probing the heart's sentimental yearnings, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver do it with smarts that never get in the way of soulful expression. And the gospel edge they bring to their secular music is positively captivating, on a par with the Del McCoury Band but in a voice that is theirs alone.
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Performance CreditsDoyle Lawson Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Primary Artist
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Terry Baucom Banjo,Vocals
Barry Scott Bass,Vocals
Jamie Dailey Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsDoyle Lawson Composer,Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Pete Goble Composer
Marvin Moore Composer
Eddie Stubbs Liner Notes
Porter Wagoner Composer
Leroy Drumm Composer
Barry Scott Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Jamie Dailey Composer
George Campbell Composer
Wesley Easter Engineer,Remixing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When it comes to bluegrass,harmony,and bluegrass gospel Doyle and his gang cannot be beat.
Bluegrass legend surrounded by up-and-coming talents - check. Tight, multipart harmonies - check. Hot acoustic picking - check. To those who don't actively follow bluegrass, it's difficult to discern the differences between one top-notch band and another. What truly distinguishes Lawson's combo is the use of gospel quartet singing within the bluegrass framework. Though he and his accompanists can sing high-lonesome two-parts, it’s the sustained chordal notes, such as the acapella tag to "Four Walls" that will send shivers down your spine. ¶ Lawson's fine mandolin and guitar playing are displayed throughout, and having passed the banjo to rejoining bandmate Terry Baucom, the band strikes a balance that keeps the extraordinary vocals front and center. Highlights include the train-whistle lost-love harmonies of "Heartbreak Number Nine," the title-cut's whimsical, folksy style, and the album's sole instrumental, "Rosine" (which is sure to have them dancing at summer festivals!). It's all so s put together, that casual listeners might not catch the incredible heart and craft laid into this recording.
Playing Time – 39:19 -- “You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper” marks Doyle Lawson’s new affiliation with the Rounder Records label, and this secular recording is full of truly zestful bluegrass. With over 40 years in the business, Lawson clearly knows the successful recipe for a high-octane sound. Most impressive are the band’s splendid choice of material, straightforward picking, and euphonious vocals. The latter is what really sets this band apart from the rest of the pack. Over the years, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver have won four Vocal Group of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. I like to see liner notes clearly identify who is singing, and this is an unfortunate omission here. Yet, we know that the band includes Doyle Lawson (mandolin, guitbro, lead guitar, vocals), Jamie Dailey (guitar, vocals), Barry Scott (bass, vocals), Jesse Stockman (fiddle), and Terry Baucom (banjo, vocals). Truly, they’re one of the strongest quintets in bluegrass today. Quicksilver’s kaledioscope of sound includes bang-up bluegrass, classic country, and gospel. In sum, it’s a thoroughgood project that deserves a place in the top ten of bluegrass for 2005 releases. As they sing about in the closing number composed by Pete Goble, this band is clearly “knee deep in bluegrass.” (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)