Doyle Lawson plays Northeast State Feb. 27

Northeast State welcomes back beloved music legend Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver to campus for a performance on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Lawson and Quicksilver will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s main campus at Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased online now at

Called a “mandolin virtuoso” with “perfectly silken harmony” by The New York Times, Lawson and Quicksilver have nearly 40 albums to their credit, are seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year winners, and have multiple Grammy, Dove, Inspirational Country Music Association (ICMA), and other IBMA award 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.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

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 was named Mandolin Player of the Year for 2012 by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Lawson has served as the feature instructor and performer at the College’s summer music workshops held at the Northeast State at Bristol for two years. He shared his knowledge and expertise with students about recording tips and techniques as well as live performances.

Lawson broke new ground in 2011 with a Children’s Hospital and Arena Tour, the first tour of its kind in any genre, combining National Anthem performances at major sporting arenas with performances for boys and girls at Children’s Hospitals in the same cities or regions.

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 in 2011 with a Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Album of the Year. In 2012, Lawson was inducted into the IBMHF at the Ryman Auditorium. That same year the band was named ICMA Vocal Group of the Year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call the Northeast State Box Office at 423.354.5173.

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