Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Lonely Street

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Lonely Street

LONELY STREET

Rounder Records
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There seems to be a steady melding of bluegrass and country that, more often than not, strips the best qualities of both genres and leaves little for the listener other than the impression that where the artist is probably isn’t where he or she wants to be. But, with his latest release, Doyle Lawson is right where he wants to be.

As is to be expected, there is some fine traditional bluegrass on the album. New songs “Yesterday’s Songs,” “Johnny And Sally,” and “When The Last Of Our Days Shall Come” are firmly planted in the tradition befitting bluegrass’s elder statesmen. The first intersection of country and bluegrass on the album is the traditional bluegrass treatment of songs by classic country artists: “Lonely Street” (Carl Belew), “Big Wind” (Porter Wagoner), and “Call Me Up And I’ll Come Callin’ On You” (Marty Robbins). Lawson is able to infuse these songs with the tight trio harmony with help from bassist Carl White and guitarist Darren Beachley to bring the songs fully into the bluegrass genre.

The second and perhaps most impressive intersection are the songs that are new, but sound like the classic country music that is not as often heard today. “Ain’t A Woman Somebody When She’s Gone,” “Oh Heart, Look What You’ve Done,” and “My Real World Of Make Believe” are fantastic melodies that allow the vocalists room to stretch out. “Down Around Bear Cove” is the sole instrumental and provides a showcase for this shortlived version of Quicksilver that includes the aforementioned White and Beachley joined by Joey Cox on banjo, Brandon Goodman on fiddle, and Josh Swift on resonator guitar. Instrumentally, Swift is the standout on the album.

Here, Lawson has been able to craft an album that should please both bluegrass purists and fans of classic country. (Rounder Records, One Rounder Way, Burlington, MA 01803, www.rounder.com.) CEB