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Life Is A Story

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Life is a story

With nearly 40 albums and Lawson’s exceedingly high standards, Life Is A Story brings powerful picking and superb vocals! A musical journey that will spark a memory, bring a tear, touch your heart and bless your day.

 

Life

 LIFE IS A STORY
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Mountain Home Music

From the kickoff of the first song, my foot was a Tappan and my head was a moving to the beat. Every track tells a story, and that will bring back memories or make you cry (not me just saying). The first song “Kids These Days” started off with 20 years ago, when I was only 10 (more like 50 for me) and took me back to my childhood. “Life Of A Hard-Working Man” took me back to my working days and my favorite song on the CD “Life To My Days” really hit home and words to live by. In the Chorus, So if I’m one of those travelers whose journey gets cut short – And leave the ones I leave behind, wishing I had more time – All I can say is I can’t add more days to my life – So I’ll add more life to my days. Released at the end of August 2017 and now available.

LIFE IS A STORY Narrative:

Storytelling is a Country music tradition – and it’s through the telling that people develop a connection to one another.

Known for an inherent ability to connect to their audience, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver prove that talent once again on LIFE IS A STORY, their latest release for Mountain Home. The 12-song collection contains a mix of fervent ballads, uplifting up-tempos, thoughtful lyrics, powerful picking and superb vocal performances. On LIFE IS A STORY, the group demonstrates musical storytelling at its best with songs by some of the finest writers in the business.

Donna Ulisse contributes“The Guitar Case,” rendered here with equal parts power and melancholy as it relates the tale of a man searching for purpose.“Little Girl,” written by late Country legend Harley Allen, journeys from tragedy to redemption through the eyes of an innocent child. “Kids These Days” speaks to how time changes all things, while “Life To My Days” is a stand-out single that reminds us to make the most of the time we have. Performed in their signature, driving Bluegrass style, “Life Of A Hard Working Man,” is another radio friendly track that focuses on life from a blue-collar viewpoint.“What Am I Living For,” the classic Chuck Willis R&B song, gets a surprising DLQ treatment in waltz format. “Love Lives Again” is a rare song about resurrected love that highlights why this vocal powerhouse has received so many accolades. “The Bluegrass Blues” is magical and magnetic, offering a haunting “high-lonesome” sound that melds traditional instrumentation with more modern lyrics to immediately capture the listener’s attention.

With nearly 40 albums to their credit, the group has won numerous major awards, including seven International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group of the Year honors. For his contributions to cultural heritage as a musical trailblazer, Doyle received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award in 2006 and was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012. DLQ is an influential force in today’s Bluegrass world, and their last two releases (IN SESSION, BURDEN BEARER) received back-to-back Grammy nominations in 2016 and 2017, respectively. LIFE IS A STORY carries forward this mindset of creative excellence.

The band’s energetic, proficient and polished to Lawson’s exceedingly high standards, and includes members: Doyle Lawson (Lead and Baritone vocals, Doyle played a “Doyle Lawson Signature Model” mandolin built by Gibson USA and a mandola built by Craig Wilson of Bakersfield CA); Josh Swift (Resophonic Guitar, Acoustic Lead Guitar and Percussion); Joe Dean (Banjo and Guitar); Dustin Pyrtle (Lead and Tenor vocals, Guitar); Eli Johnston (Lead and Baritone vocals, Bass) and Stephen Burwell (Fiddles).

At the vanguard is Lawson: ever the patriarch and ever the statesman. LIFE IS A story is not simply the tale of a group’s musical journey, but a body of work that speaks to a journey we all take. Thankfully, the troubadours of this legendary band continue to tell that story.

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