Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Help is on the Way
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Help is on the Way (Horizon, 2008)

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Reviewed by Tim FitzPatrick

Take a look a list of alumni of Doyle Lawson's Quicksilver, and you'll you find founding members of such bands as Mountain Heart, IIIrd Thyme Out and the Dailey/Vincent band. While this is apt to make a bandleader proud, it underscores the ongoing challenge of finding and developing new personnel. With significant turnover since his 2007 release, Lawson takes to the studio with some new voices and again finds his trademark sound based on polished harmony singing.

The vocal trios and quartets in this all-gospel album are predictably impeccable with rich tenor and high baritone parts that evoke prior iterations of the band. The solo vocals are competently delivered, but do not always match the quality of the harmony singing. The instrumentation, while never the focal point, provides steady support. The songs take mostly positive approach to the usual bluegrass gospel subject areas. The strongest tracks are at the beginning with the infectious "I Know, I Know" leading into the "hang in there" message of the title cut.

This is a solid effort and may be viewed as an auspicious beginning for this generation of Quicksilver.

CDs by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Live In Prague, Czech Republic, 2019 Life is a Story, 2017 Burden Bearer Bluegrass Gospel and A Cappella Favorites, 2016 In Session, 2015 Open Carefully, Message Inside, 2014 Roads Well Traveled, 2013 Sing Me a Song About Jesus, 2012 Drive Time, 2011 Lonely Street, 2009 Help is on the Way, 2008 More Behind the Picture Than the Wall, 2007 He Lives In Me, 2006 You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper, 2005

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