Black Music Matters Festival

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper – 2005 (Rounder)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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For his first recording on Rounder, Doyle Lawson returns to secular songs for the second time this decade, after focusing more on gospel quartet sounds in the 1990s. The group's trademark harmonies are still in place, though they're brought out in the service of songs like a gorgeous remake of Jim Reeves' Nashville Sound hit, "Four Walls."

Other highlights include the title track and a swinging take on a hit from Porter Wagoner," What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen," both of which feature some seriously tongue-twisting choruses that showcase the vocal agility of the group's quartet of singers - Jamie Dailey, Barry Scott, Terry Baucom and Lawson himself. There is even an instrumental tune, the Lawson original, "Rosine," a rarity for a group that is so focused on high quality vocal harmonies.

"When I'm Knee Deep In Bluegrass," ought to supplant Rhonda Vincent's "Is The Grass Any Bluer," as the genre's theme song this year, with the chorus, "When I'm knee deep In bluegrass, then I'll be satisfied."