The new project from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver adds to their amazing output of some 40 albums, and will be welcomed by Bluegrass fans everywhere. Aptly titled LIFE IS A STORY, the album presents twelve stories, some of which are poignant and touching while others are witty and amusing.
“Little Girl” is certainly a touching story of a child in a troubled family beset by drugs and alcohol, but this is one little girl who finds redemption in the arms of a new, loving family. “Kids These Days” takes a wry look at how things aren’t like they were ‘back in the good old days’ but in a neat twist suggests that today’s kids will say the same thing when they reminisce in their old age.
Blue-collar life is the subject of “Life of a Hard Workin’ Man” who gets up in the morning before the rooster starts to crow. The uptempo track showcases the group’s musical expertise at its best, as does “Derailed” that rockets along like a runaway train.
Among the standout tracks on this album is “Guitar Case,” the melancholy story of a songwriter who feels his life has lost its purpose. On a different note, Lawson puts his own stamp on the classic Chuck Willis R&B song “What Am I Living For,” giving it a fresh sound with a bluegrass waltz tempo.
This album follows their two previous releases, IN SESSION and BURDEN BEARER, that both received Grammy nominations. LIFE IS A STORY could well make it ‘three in a row’ for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
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