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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
More Behind The Picture Than The Wall
Rounder Records

When one takes the time to contemplate bluegrass music and exactly where the genre sits at this point in time one would be loathe omitting the name Doyle Lawson from their list of modern tastemakers. For nigh on 30 years, Lawson and his fabulous band Quicksilver have been cranking out some of America's finest bluegrass music, never falling into trends, but staying true to the origins of the genre, keeping their sound pure and right. On their latest release More Behind The Picture Than The Wall, Lawson and Co. have once more turned out some amazing tracks steeped in tradition with that special Doyle Lawson sound.

The album kicks off with a high-stepping reel called "Sadie's Got Her New Dress On" that incorporates all the classic hootenanny components; quick, clawhammer banjo accompanied by tight mandolin and guitar strumming, with some fine fiddle flourishes. The slow balladry of "The Phone Call" tells the compelling story of a man and his troubled relationship with his father, a tear-bringing track that fills the heart with sadness and a strange joy of life. "The Selfishness In Man" calls up the gospel-steeped high lonesome sound of old, featuring some of the finest vocal harmonies you'll find recorded. The spirit of real classic country is alive in "There's More Behind This Picture Than The Wall", as it weaves its tale of love gone wrong and a family's struggles amid the down-tempo strumming. The band cuts loose on "Mississippi River Let Your Water Flow", getting back into the quick-tempo shakedown before hitting on some other great ballads through the remainder of the record, and a great instrumental track, "Tulsa Turn-A-Round", a tune with a mighty good Flatts & Scruggs feel.

Modern bluegrass music has a few groups still keeping to the traditional sounds and, right along with folks like Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are among the finest. It is truly a joy that music of this quality is still being made and that there is a renaissance in the genre. These modern traditionalists are providing the logical jumping off point for new listeners, as well as providing excellent music for those of us who have long been acquainted with bluegrass. God bless 'em all.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Sadie's Got Her New Dress On
2. The Phone Call
3. The Selfishness In Man
4. Mississippi River Let Your Water Flow
5. More Behind The Picture Than The Wall
6. Tulsa Turn-A-Round
7. Whatever Happened To Us
8. Just Loving You
9. When The Blues Are Movin' In
10. Ocean Of Teardrops
11. Can You Hear Me Now
12. Can You Hear Me Now (Retro 1938)

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