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Kept & Protected (Sugar Hill, 1997)

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Reviewed by Jon Weisberger

It's been almost two decades since Doyle Lawson put together the first edition of Quicksilver, and many of the most exciting contemporary bluegrass stars have passed through its ranks over the years. The latest lineup, featuring new lead vocalist Barry Scott, is one of the strongest, and this excellent all-gospel CD is the proof.

With close to a dozen all-gospel releases to his credit, Lawson has developed a winning formula: take a thoughtful selection of inspirational numbers old and new and arrange them to highlight smooth trios, soulful tenor lead singing, solid timing, and simple yet fresh instrumental work.

As he has often done before, Lawson includes a few a cappella quartets that owe almost at least as much to black gospel styles as to (white) southern gospel. This has all these things in good measure, including a stunningly beautiful version of "I'll Trade the Old Cross (for a Crown)" and strong pairs of songs each from Johnny Masters and Paul Humphrey, former mandolinist and tenor singer with Jimmy Martin.

For those interested in Christian music or in bluegrass, there has been no finer release this year.


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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