Northeast State welcomes beloved bluegrass legend and local son Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver to campus for a performance on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
One of the popular performers ever to take the stage at Northeast State, Lawson and Quicksilver will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus at Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased online now at www.northeaststate.edu/RCPA.
Doyle Lawson ranks as one of the most respected artists in bluegrass music. His name has been synonymous with high-octane acoustic bluegrass music. Lawson began playing the mandolin at age 12 and picked up the guitar and banjo soon thereafter. He went on to play with bluegrass artists Jimmy Martin and J.D. Crowe before joining his first band, The Country Gentlemen. He founded Quicksilver in 1979 and began a rise as one of the genre’s most popular and critically praised artists. Although the lineup has changed many times over the years, the DLQ sound remains true to its founder’s intentions.
DLQ burst onto the national spotlight in 1996 when their album, There’s a Light Guiding Me earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. They went on to receive three more Grammy nominations in the Best Bluegrass Album category.
Lawson, winner of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, has garnered no less than 14 International Bluegrass Music Awards and four Grammy nominations. The band also earned four previous Dove Award nominations for the Best Bluegrass Gospel Album and Best Bluegrass Gospel Song awards for their 2008 release, Help Is on the Way.
DLQ won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, winning Vocal Group of the Year six consecutive years from 2001-2007. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America has honored the group with numerous awards for albums and recorded gospel songs. The Gospel Music Association honored DLQ again in 2011 with a Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Album of the Year.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call the Northeast State Box Office at 423.354.5173.