Black Music Matters Festival

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

More Behind the Picture Than the Wall – 2007 (Rounder)

Reviewed by C. Eric Banister

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While the majority of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's 30-year catalog has been in the sacred, a few side trips through secular tunes have been taken occasionally. Their latest takes that trip through Nashville picking up songs by writers such as Bill Anderson, Harley Allen, Leon Payne and Tom T. and Dixie Hall.

The Quicksilver drive is in full force on the opener, "Sadie's Got Her Dress On," as well as "Mississippi River Let Your Water Flow" and the instrumental "Tulsa Turn-A-Round." "The Phone Call" and the title cut are more on the sentimental side and given the scared music heritage of the band, it wouldn't be hard to see them as metaphors for a more divine relationship. The closing "Can't You Here Me Now" sees Lawson and lead vocalist Jamie Dailey echoing the style of the great brother duos such as the Delmore Brothers.

In one of the pitfalls of bluegrass, the fantastic ensemble that made the album is soon ending as banjoist Terry Baucom and fiddler Mike Hartgrove have left the band and lead singer/guitarist Dailey is scheduled to end his nearly 10-year association with Quicksilver at the end of the year. This album serves as a perfect send-off of the departing and provides a solid batch of material for those stepping in to continue on.