There is so much you can write about both Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver so we will just post a condensed version. For more information on this Doyle and Quicksilver here is a link to his website.
With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October 2012 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium on September 27, 2012.
From Doyle’s website:
I met Jimmy Martin when I was 14 years old. He is from Sneedville, TN where we had moved to in 1954. Around that time, I made up my mind that I wanted to play music for a living, and realized that only playing one instrument was somewhat limiting, so I made it a point to learn how to play the banjo and guitar, too. Four years later, in February 1963, I went to Nashville and got a job playing banjo with Jimmy Martin. In 1966, I started working with JD Crowe in Lexington, KY. I first played guitar and later switched to mandolin. In 1969, I was back with Jimmy Martin for about six months playing mandolin and singing tenor but then went back with J D Crowe until August of 1971. I started with the Country Gentlemen on September 1, 1971 and stayed with them until March 1979. By this time, I had played in bands for more than 10 years, that had their “sound” before I joined them. I wanted to put together a group that would have “my sound”.
To that end, in April 1979, I formed a group that I first named Doyle Lawson & Foxfire but soon changed to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. I was looking for “our sound” and that first group tried many different types of songs. I wanted a strong quartet like the ones my dad used to sing with. In the next few months, Terry Baucom, Jimmy Haley, Lou Reid and I laid the foundation for what has become the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver sound. The makeup of my band has changed many times in the last 27 years. I jokingly tell folks that Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is the “farm team” for bluegrass. I try to integrate each member’s special talents into my group, while not sacrificing the Quicksilver sound. While the sound changes a bit with the introduction of a new band member, it is important to me that people hear what they expect to hear when we take the stage, no matter who is in the group.
And about Quicksilver:
Stephen was born in Angleton, TX on March 5, 1994, son of Edwin and Cheryl Burwell. He has five brothers and 2 sisters. His mother home schooled all of them! His family lives in Maple Valley, WA, but he relocated to North Carolina in early September 2014, to pursue a career in bluegrass.
His violin playing started at age 8, when he began group lessons at his church. A bit later, he wanted to get into the quicker, happier side of the fiddle, he studied with Pete Martin for five years. Stephen counts Stuart Duncan and Aubrey Haney as early influences. He played and won many contests in the Northwest, and he especially loves Texas-style fiddle.
Though his career has been relatively short, Stephen has played with several bands…North Country, Faust & Blair, and Brother’s Keeper, a gospel group. Along with his sister, Sarah, his brother, Seth, and friend, James Meyers, he formed the Christmas band, Twelfth Night. Stephen has appeared at SPBGMA and IBMA events.
In his spare time, Stephen plays music and enjoys all aspects of recording. As the newest member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Stephen feels like God sent him east at just the right time.
Josh Swift: Dobro –
Josh was born on September 25, 1986 to Randy and Rhonda Swift. His dad was and still is a phenomenal musician so Josh loves music naturally. At 6 months old, Josh was making noises with his mouth in time with music he was hearing. He started playing drums when he was 2 years old and eventually started traveling with his family on the Southern Gospel circuit. When he was 16, Josh was playing a session when he saw a dobro for the first time. He just HAD to have one! About a year later, Gibson Guitars gave him his first dobro. At 17, Josh played with a local group called Set Apart. He fell in love with Mountain Gospel while traveling with those guys. At 18, he became a part of Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain.
At 19, he had left CHHR and was filling in with some friends in Gatlinburg, TN when Doyle Lawson rounded the street corner and listened for nearly a half hour. Little did he know that he would soon be invited to jam with DLQ and that that jam turned out to be a showcase at IBMA. Doyle asked him if he knew a song of his and Josh replied “I’ll know it by the time it gets to me.” Doyle hired Josh that night on October 5, 2007.
He says, “This gig is an absolute BLAST and I am honored not only travel with DLQ, but to find myself constantly learning life’s lessons. God has been so so so good to me and I give him ALL the glory.” On July 24th 2008, Josh married his first love, Tobi. They are expecting their first child in 2011. Josh and Tobi live in middle Tennessee and go to church at Cookeville First Assembly. They have two dogs, Henry and Peanut. Josh spends lots of time with his family when not on the road and he loves to play golf. Italian food is his favorite.
Josh’s favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Josh plays a multitude of instruments…dobro, lap steel, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, drums, and piano. He uses D’Addario strings… EXP42’s, EXP17’s, and EXP74’s.
Joe Dean was born on July 18, 1989 to Joe Dean Sr. and Tammy Dean of Granite City, IL. His parents soon realized he had an interest in music when Joe saw The Eagles perform on televison at 4 years old. Joe told his parents he wanted to be just like Don Henley and play in front of people and write songs. He received a guitar for his 5th birthday and from there learned to play mountain dulcimer, mandolin, and finally banjo by age 12. Joe spent his teen years playing at local bluegrass festivals in and around the St. Louis area. In 2006, he joined Barry Scott and Second Wind and played on their Grammy Nominated gospel release “In God’s Time.” After graduating high school in 2007, Joe landed a job with Dailey and Vincent as the founding banjo player and bass singer, and spent 5 years there. In April 2012 Joe was asked to be part of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Along with being a multi instrumentalist and vocalist, Joe has been developing his craft as a songwriter over the last couple years penning songs with Mike Rogers, Tom Botkin, Kevin Denney, and Walt Gabbard.
Joe met his wife Ashley in 2009 backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and they have been together ever since. They reside in Cookeville, TN and attend Smithville Freewill Baptist Church. In his spare time, Joe enjoys the outdoors. Hunting and fishing are his two main activities. He is also an avid hockey fan.
Dustin Pyrtle was born July 25, 1990 to Anthony and Lisa Pyrtle of Westfield, NC. Born into a musically talented family, Dustin took interest in music at age 8. His dad taught him to play the guitar. It wasn’t until around age 10 that his family noticed he loved to sing and was pretty good at it! It took a couple years and a lot more self-confidence before Dustin recognized the scope of his talent.
On his 14th birthday, Dustin received his first guitar, a Martin D2R, which he continues to play today. With the help of his uncle, Randy Pyrtle, and family friend, Kent Smith, Dustin learned to play upright bass. This was the instrument he played with bands Broken Wire, No Speed Limit, Riverview and The Josh Williams Band.
Dustin’s music career took a turn when the teenage band, Broken Wire (which consisted of Nick Keen, Houston Caldwell, Asa Gravely and Courtney Burroughs), heard him at The Rex Theatre in Galax, VA. Later that year, they invited him to the Galax Fiddlers Convention and this is when he was invited to play in their band. These members and their families have been very supportive of Dustin and his career. And for this Dustin will be forever grateful.
Other bands Dustin has played with include Amber Collins and No Speed Limit, Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue, Riverview, Grasstowne, and The Josh Williams Band. Influences have been Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Keith Pyrtle, Lou Reid, Doyle Lawson, Tony Rice, Adam Steffey, Lonesome River Band, Ronnie Bowman, Blue Highway just to name a few.
Dustin has had the opportunity to meet so many friends along this journey and looks forward to meeting so many more. With God’s grace, he has been so blessed to be able to follow his dreams.
He resides in Danbury, NC and plans to wed Nicole Clark in the fall of 2013. He attends Minnie’s Chapel Wesleyan Church in Stuart, VA. With his spare time, Dustin likes to duck hunt, deer hunt, turkey hunt, fish and spend time with his family.
(In loving memory of Houston Caldwell and Randy Pyrtle. Gone but not forgotten.)
Eli Johnston was born to Alycia and David Johnston on March 1, 1986, and raised in the Tri State area of southeast Kansas. His parents now live in the Branson, MO area, and he has two younger brothers, Adam and Isaac. Eli started playing and writing music at the age of 15, when his Grandpa gave him his first guitar. Soon he began playing bass and banjo, and tagged along with his Dad to many bluegrass events in the area.
After high school, he pursued his music career by playing with several bands in the area. When Eli was 21, he took a job in a theater production show called the Tennessee Shindig, and stayed there for about five years. In the last few years, Eli has been performing with Midnight Flight, Monroeville and Firewater Junction, and in Gatlinburg, TN. Eli cites J. D. Crowe, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tony Rice and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver as his musical influences.
Eli is currently living in Hartford, TN. In his spare time, he loves to write songs and fish. Eli enjoys movies (Happy Gilmore, Beverly Hills Ninja) and especially likes a good fish fry.
Eli is more than excited to start a new chapter in his career with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. He says, “I’ve never had the opportunity to play with this caliber of players and singers. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is a well-oiled machine and I’m honored to be part of the group!”