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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Return to The Paramount for Annual Christmas Show

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Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverBristol, TN/VA -- The Paramount is excited to welcome back Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for their annual Christmas show. This award winning group is always a crowd pleaser, and a joy to have in the theater. Beautiful harmonies and a mix of bluegrass and gospel music, this is a wonderful show for the whole family. Doyle Lawson was recently honored with two more IBMA Awards at the 22nd Annual IBMA Awards, held at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Lawson received awards in the categories of "Recorded Event of the Year" and "Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year."

Doyle is legendary in both bluegrass and gospel genres and frequently mixes them to deliver something special. Doyle has been playing and singing since he was 11. He grew up near Kingsport, Tennessee, hearing his family sing in church groups. Doyle learned to play on a mandolin his father borrowed from one of the members of his church quartet. He recalls listening to the Grand Ole Opry and being especially impressed with Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys.

The unique sound and intensity of bluegrass fascinated him. When he was 14 years old, Doyle met Jimmy Martin and decided he wanted to play music for a living. In addition to the mandolin, he learned to play banjo and guitar. He has worked with bluegrass music legends Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, and the Country Gentlemen.

After ten years of playing with others, Doyle decided he needed a sound of his own. In 1979, he formed his first group - Doyle Lawson and Foxfire. That group quickly became Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. He patterned the group after his father's church quartets. Although he's seen many band members come and go over the course of 27 years, the group's sound has remained virtually unchanged.

While he's recorded some secular music as well as gospel, his gospel releases far outnumber other releases. Doyle says it's obvious his gospel music is what his audiences come to hear. He considers his music a "musical mission."

He and his group Quicksilver have won numerous awards, and Doyle has released nearly 40 albums and CDs. Doyle's awards include the National Heritage Fellowship and an Honorary PhD of Fine Arts at King College

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