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Drive Time (Mountain Home, 2011)

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Reviewed by Dr. Tom Bibey

This collection from Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver is appropriately named. It drives hard from the banjo kick-off on the opening cut, Gone at Last.

The CD is one of irony. There are tales of country stores with pot bellied stoves and hardwood floors, but they are delivered with quality studio sophistication. The song Country Store has lyrics about hot tobacco, kerosene and camo gear, but none of the music sounds the least bit backwoods. The stories are of places about to pass us by, yet played in a modern style with prominent electric bass, snare drum back-beat, and recorded with the most modern technique. The harmonies are tight; typical Lawson fashion, yet reflect a Nashville sensibility in spots. While the purists might claim the near orchestral accompaniment is not traditional bluegrass, no one can argue the quality of the work. Some cuts approach a modern country style, but still do not sell out to commercialism at the expense of art.

One surprise; there are only 7 selections and 25:44 minutes of music. However the songs are generous in both length and quality. Precious Memories is about five minutes. Even though an old standard, it is rendered in a fresh style.

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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