Eli Johnson joins Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

In comments made to Bluegrass Today, Doyle Lawson announced today that his new bass player/vocalist will be Eli Johnson. He said: “Eli Johnston will be coming aboard singing harmony and some lead. Eli is a multi-instrumentalist but will primarily be playing bass. And so another chapter is added to the ongoing saga of DL&Q!”

Johnson had been a member of the bluegrass band Monroeville. Interestingly, he played in that band alongside Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver alumnus Carl White, who joined Monroeville in October 2012 after spending six years as a Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver bass player, vocalist, and even drummer.

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  1. Monroeville was originally formed when the “Second Wind” portion of Barry Scott and Second Wind started their own band. I see Matt Munsey is the only original member left of that group. Barry Scott was one Quicksilver’s longest-tenured members (eight years or so), and before that was the Perrys’ lead singer. Lots of full circles going on here.

    • That’s interesting, and I hadn’t known that! I was doing good to make the Carl White connection – I’m not exactly the walking Bluegrass encyclopedia that you are! 🙂

      • Well, I don’t know about “bluegrass encyclopedia,” but I have, at least in times past, been a pretty avid follower of DL&Q, so I can talk a little about that group and the bands that have emerged from it.

    • “Lots of full circles going on here”…after re-reading the paragraph, I furthermore realized that one of the CDs recorded by the Perrys with Barry Scott was “Full Circle”. OK, I think that’s enough random trivia for this topic.

  2. Carl is no longer with Monroeville.

    • Jesse, thanks! You’ll notice that my wording in the original post is very cautious; I used the past tense when I said that “he played in that band alongside Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver alumnus Carl White.”

      During my lunch break, before I put up this post, I checked the Monroeville website and Facebook page. Both only listed one member, their founding member. So I knew there was a chance that Carl was no longer with the band. But I couldn’t find a discussion of his departure anywhere online, so I intentionally chose to stick with a guarded, cautious phrase that indicated they played together without expressly stating that they were still together as of last weekend. 🙂