NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver has been honored with the group's seventh Grammy® Award nomination for the 2016 album, Burden Bearer (Mountain Home Music Company). The project is nominated in the Best Bluegrass Album category.
Of this latest honor, Lawson said, "I was surprised, to say the least, but thankful because I know where all that I do comes from, and that knowledge keeps me grounded."
Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson is known for high standards in every aspect of his musical career. Burden Bearer is the latest example of the exquisite precision in vocals, harmony and musicianship of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The album is a musical event of Bluegrass Gospel and A Capella numbers celebrating a legacy of faith, hope, struggle and victory of the spirit. Old time renderings live alongside newly forged Gospel songs that pay tribute to timeless Gospel convention traditions.
As a teenager, Lawson met the legendary Jimmy Martin and soon realized his own dream of a career in music, inspired by the likes of Martin, Bill Monroe and others. He mastered the mandolin, banjo and guitar, and in 1963 left his home in Sullivan County, Tennessee for Nashville where he landed a job in Martin's band. A few years later, he joined JD Crowe's band, and later was a member of the Country Gentlemen. In 1979, Lawson formed his own band. Many of acoustic music's top players launched their own legendary careers under the tutelage of Lawson. Today, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver has become a significant and iconic part of American music history. The group's influence is far-reaching, and has resulted in cross-genre collaborations, including an invitation to record with Paul Simon on the So Beautiful Or So What album, produced by Phil Ramone.
Although his musical prowess encompasses a wide variety of styles from straight-up Bluegrass to Traditional Country, Doyle Lawson is undeniably the master of Bluegrass Gospel. With Burden Bearer, Lawson and his band deliver traditional convention songs delivered in DL&Q's characteristic and precise four-part harmonies, plus powerful musicianship on more Bluegrass-driven songs. The album includes new compositions reminiscent of traditional Gospel classics.
Mandolin master, Lawson, has surrounded himself with an exceptional lineup of players. Lead vocals are impeccably delivered by Dustin Pyrtle, Eli Johnston and Lawson himself. The harmony work of this group makes it clear why DL&Q has won multiple IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Awards. A noted mandolin master, Lawson always surrounds himself with top-flight players. Josh Swift (Dobro and vocals), Joe Dean (banjo and vocals) and Stephen Burwell (fiddle) round out the award-winning band.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have recorded forty or so albums, (Lawson doesn't keep count!). With his band, Lawson has garnered seven IBMA Vocal Group of the Year awards and multiple Dove, ICM, IBMA, and SPBGMA nominations and awards over a career that spans decades. Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He is a 2006 winner of a National Heritage Fellowship (National Endowment for the Arts). This is the second consecutive Grammy® nod for the group, of its total seven career nominations.
The awards will be announced on Sunday, February 12, 2017. A complete list of nominees can be found at Grammy.com.
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SOURCE Mountain Home Music Company