Once and for Always/
Back in the early 1980's, Doyle Lawson was fronting his own group and putting out some of the finest bluegrass music around. He had a bunch of talented youngsters playing with him, and when one moved on, he was able to find another just as talented, if not well known. They were hot players, with tight harmonies. They were able to hold their own, playing with someone of the stature of Doyle Lawson. While the changes maintained the style of Quicksilver, Lawson wisely did not generate a clone of the previous group. Each new member was able to contribute his own style and skills to the group formula.
In the 1990's, Lawson continues to do much the same. People still come and go, but Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver continue to produce high quality music characteristic of their work of almost two decades. This release from Sugar Hill brings two albums from the early 1980's to compact disc for the first time. Two different groups are on the albums. Once and For Always includes Terry Baucom, Jimmy Haley and Randy Graham. This album features traditional bluegrass sounds along with contemporary songs from the likes of Michael Martin Murphy (Carolina In the Pines) and Gene Watson (Speak Softly You're Talking To My Heart). As these folks moved on, Lawson replaced them with Scott Vestal, Ray Deaton and Russell Moore, and they released The News is Out.
It's a real treat to hear Moore's strong voice blend with Lawson's and the others, providing a glimpse of what Moore and Deaton would later bring to IIIrd Tyme Out. Especially captivating is She's Walking Through My Memory, a song that became something of a signature tune for the group. Russell Moore carries such respect for Lawson that he does not perform this song now that he is with IIIrd Tyme Out, despite frequent requests from fans. Not only is this release a collection of great music (and 22 songs worth to boot), it's a chance to hear some of the prominent players in bluegrass today at an earlier stage in their careers. It's an acknowledgment that under Lawson's direction, DLQ continues to offer great music through changes in personnel.
Edited by Roberta B. Schwartz