Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have been at the forefront of both the bluegrass world and the world of bluegrass gospel. As reigning IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, they will present their soaring harmonies and brilliant arrangements of a cappella and instrument-accompanied gospel songs in a perfect setting – Slate Mt. Evangelical Presbyterian Church just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Slate Mt. Church is one of six rock churches on the National Historic Registry built in the early 1900s by the congregations of Pastor Bob Childress, whose remarkable ministry was chronicled in the book “The Man Who Moved A Mountain.”
This event will be one of the fullest and richest experiences available during the Homecoming, and includes the 10:00 am service at the Church, a pot-luck lunch at noon provided by the Church members, presentations by Church historians, and musical entertainment presented by the Church. Those wishing to partake of the pot-luck lunch should contact Pastor Jeff Dalton at (540) 789-7324. Donations for the pot-luck are welcome.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
An accomplished mandolin player, vocalist, and producer, Doyle Lawson is the leader of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, an acclaimed bluegrass and bluegrass gospel group with nearly forty albums to its credit. Multiple International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year award winners (most recently in 2018), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have won and been nominated for numerous Grammy, Dove, IBMA, Inspirational Country Music Association, and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) awards. Lawson, a native of Sullivan County, Tennessee, has been named SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and in 2012 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Lawson began his career in 1963 while still a teenager, joining Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. Subsequently performing for a few years with banjo player/bandleader J. D. Crowe, Lawson then worked for several years as a member of groundbreaking progressive bluegrass group The Country Gentlemen. In 1979 Lawson ventured out on his own to front Quicksilver. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver soon established themselves as a leading group in bluegrass gospel music while garnering widespread respect for the group’s exquisite vocal arrangements. Past members of Quicksilver have been leading the genre for decades now, including artists like Lou Reid, Russell Moore, Jamie Dailey, and Jim Van Cleve. In addition to Lawson (on mandolin and vocals), the current line-up for Quicksilver features Josh Swift (guitar and vocals), Joe Dean (banjo and vocals), Dustin Pyrtle (guitar and vocals), Eli Johnston (bass and vocals), and Stephen Burwell (fiddle and vocals). The group’s most recent album is Life Is A Story, released in 2017. In 2019, the Mountains of Music Homecoming will mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver by hosting three separate concerts commemorating Lawson as well as present-day and key past members of Quicksilver.
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the Appalachian Regional Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, VA Dept of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Food City, Virginia Commission for the Arts, David and Judie Reemsnyder, Dominion Energy, McGuireWoods, LLC., Virginia State Parks and other generous supporters. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 276-492-2409.