Doyle Lawson to be inducted into Bluegrass Hall of Fame

Last night, during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s press conference announcing the top 5 nominees in their 2012 awards, they also announced their 2012 inductees into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. One of this year’s two inductees was Doyle Lawson.

Lawson, of course, is primarily known for his work in the field of bluegrass; he played with Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, and the Country Gentlemen before forming Doyle Lawson & Foxfire in 1979. (He soon renamed the group to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver). But, over the last decade in particular, he has had significant crossover success in Southern Gospel. He has regularly appeared at Southern Gospel’s largest annual event, the National Quartet Convention and at other Southern Gospel venues, and had significant charting success on the Singing News radio airplay charts (including the September 2008 #1 hit “Help Is On The Way.”)

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  1. A well-deserved honor for leader of perhaps the greatest “crossover” bluegrass gospel band ever. I can’t think of anyone who has had Lawson’s level of success in both the gospel and secular bluegrass worlds.

    Quicksilver has been my favorite bluegrass band since I first heard them sing an a cappella gospel song in college. I was hooked. As all the Vocal Group of the Year awards attest, they have had the most consistent and cohesive vocal blend of this generation in bluegrass.

    Like Ed O’Neal, Doyle has graduated many from his own “school of bluegrass”. Dailey & Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, Mountain Heart, Grasstowne, Lou Reid & Carolina, Barry Scott & Second Wind and probably a few other bands were all formed by Quicksilver alumni.

  2. Great news! Love Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.