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Doyle Lawson finishes recording new disc, looks for March release

Monday, February 25, 2008 – Doyle Lawson works real fast. He just completed yet another album two weeks ago and now the word is that the Horizon label is looking to release it March 18. "Help is On the Way" contains 14 songs with religious themes.

"I spend a lot of time collecting and listening to songs as I prepare to make a recording," said Lawson. "I review literally hundreds of songs and then narrow it down to a collection of 12 to 14 songs. I have always been pretty much theme oriented. I like for each song to mesh with the others. Once I get the theme going, sometimes there are songs that I really like, but I don't record because they don't flow with the concept that I have in mind."

"The theme for this recording started when I heard the song, 'Help Is On the Way.' I had already gathered a number of songs I thought were really good, but when I heard this one I knew it was the one to build on."

Lawson's backing band, Quicksilver, consists of Darren Beachley - guitar, lead and harmony vocals; Alan Johnson - fiddles, bass vocals; Joey Cox - banjo and rhythm guitar; Carl White - bass and piano, lead & harmony vocals and Josh Swift - Dobro and percussion, harmony vocals

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