CD Review: Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver (He Lives In Me)

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RATING: 4 1/2 Stars

Label: Horizon
Producer: Doyle Lawson
Website: www.doylelawson.com

Song Titles: “He Lives In Me,” “In His Presence,” “I Am On My Journey Home,” “Remember My Name In Your Prayers,” “Help Me Lord,” “‘Til I See You Face To Face,” “There’s A Treasure In Heaven,” “The End Of The Road,” “Will You Meet Me Over Yonder,” “We Shall Inherit,” “Far Better Than This,” and “When He Welcomes Me In”

The standard for quality Bluegrass Gospel has been maintained by Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver for a number of years. We’ve always been able to count on this group to keep it traditional while veering just enough away from conventions to keep it interesting. That tradition continues with He Lives In Me.

The title track is the first selection on the CD, featuring Jamie Dailey on the lead vocal. Dailey puts a slight syncopation on the chorus lyric that makes this track stand out. “In His Presence” slows the tempo down a bit, then “I Am On My Journey Home” quickens the pace with Terry Baucom‘s banjo leading off and fiddle and guitar solos after the choruses. “Remember My Name In Your Prayers” (written by Buford Abner) is in a slow waltz tempo, while “Help Me Lord” has a traditional up-tempo bluegrass feel.

Lawson and Co. are also know for their a cappella singing. He Lives In Me has two a cappella cuts in “‘Til I See You Face To Face” and a Jamie Dailey/Barry Scott original lyric titled “When He Welcomes Me In.” (By the way, Scott isn’t pictured on the back of the CD with the rest of the group, but he does sing and play bass on this project.) Another song I enjoyed on this CD is from the Stamps-Baxter tradition. Titled “Far Better Than This,” the song is sung in four-part harmony with a very dry bass singer exposed on a few lines.

He Lives In Me is for the devoted bluegrass fan, but it’s also suitable for the listener who only wants to hear bluegrass if it has some variety. With an emphasis on vocals that blend as well as instrumentalists that can play at full speed when asked, He Lives In Me offers a nice range of expression within the traditional bluegrass framework.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Nelson Ferd
    Reply March 15, 14:48 #1 Nelson Ferd

    Darren Beachley actually sang lead on “He Lives In Me” not Jamie Dailey.

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