Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Gospel Radio Gems
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Gospel Radio Gems (Sugar Hill, 1998)

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Reviewed by Walter Allread

Recorded with only four voices, two microphones and an acoustic guitar, these 14 "Gems" shine with the purity of an Appalachian mountain stream. Lawson carefully recreates the gospel quartet sounds he grew up with on the radio. It's like turning off the interstate and finding a tiny station piping out forgotten groups like Brown's Ferry Four and the Swanee River Boys.

The music's relative simplicity may challenge those listeners accustomed to the hubbub of modern music, but given time, the modesty of this recording works its charms. The close harmonies and Lawson's clean guitar playing, which imparts a slack-key serenity on songs like "We Should Walk Together," allow these antique Christian hymns to insinuate their singular message with dreamlike mystique.

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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