Bluegrass legends Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will take the stage this weekend as part of the innaugural Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, bringing gospel flavored Tennessee picking to Manteo.
Six time International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group of the Year award winners, Lawson has been touring with various incarnations of Quicksilver for over 40 years, after first picking up a mandolin at age 11. The band lineup has changed many times over the decades, but the charismatic frontman has been the one constant.
In 1963, at age 18, Doyle went to Nashville to play banjo with the Sunny Mountain Boys, and he has never looked back, going on to also play with the New South and the Country Gentlemen before forming his own band in 1979.
In recent years, Lawson has moved more into the gospel genre, after rededicating his life to God in 1985.
On his official website, Lawson explains, “The gospel music that we record and perform on stage has always been important to me. It is apparent to me that the folks who buy our music and come to our concerts feel, as I do, that there is no better message than the message of Jesus Christ. It is my fervent hope that my ‘musical mission’ will lead others to Him.”
The singer has also hosted the Dayle Lawson and Quicksilver Festival in Denton, North Carolina for more than 25 years.
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will join more than a dozen nationally renowned musicians on stage at the first ever Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, featuring two days of live music this Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, 2012 at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.