Friday, April 20, 2012

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival - Denton, NC - Preview

The thirty-second annual Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluegrass Festival opens on Thursday May 10th and runs for three days at the Denton FarmPark in Denton, NC.  Located in the Denton FarmPark, a delightful site for a bluegrass festival containing a large collection of farm and village buildings, implements, and early farm life displays. An historic train circles the site, providing rides on Saturday.  The lovely old church building is used for a service on Sunday morning for those remaining on the site after the festival.  The lineup for the Doyle Lawson Festival is always strong, bringing top level bluegrass bands, mostly traditional, to this venue. This year several new bands will be making their debut at the Doyle Lawson Festival and many old favorites will be there. For bluegrass fans in the mid-south, this is one of the early season don't miss fesitvals, well-known because of its long time influence in assuring that bluegrass festivals are family friendly events.

New Performers
Four performers new to the DLQ Festival this year are The Cumberland Highlanders, Big Country Bluegrass, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, and the Roys. The Cumberland Highlanders are well-known through their appearances on RFD-TV and as the host band at the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration held annually on Bill Monroe's birthplace near Rosine, KY under the direction of Campbell Mercer.  Big Country Bluegrass also celebrates traditional bluegrass music with its high lonesome sound.  Chris Jones & the Night Drivers consists of two well-known and well-liked Sirius/XM satellite radio personalities in Chris Jones and Ned Luberecki along with Nashville song-writer, journalist, and bass player Jon Weisberger and Mark Stoffel, a native of Germany, on mandolin. Finally, The Roys, a brother/sister group making a splash with their country-laced bluegrass sound will be debuting at Denton. Much of the work of the last two groups is written from within the bands.

 The Cumberland Highlanders

Big Country Bluegrass

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Chris Jones

Elaine Roy

Lee Roy

Could it Be?

Doyle Lawson, Paul Williams, and J.D. Crowe all played with Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys back in the 1950's. In fact, Paul's wife is Jimmy Martin's sister. They're all three appearing on Thursday at the DLQ Festival.  In 2011 they won an IBMA award as Recorded Event of the Year for the song "Prayer Bells in Heaven" recorded on their CD "Old Friends Get Together." Could it be that there will be a reunion performance by these three pioneers of bluegrass music? 

J.D. Crowe

Paul Williams bird this year
Josh Williams & Friend least I don't think so....  
but you can always expect some surprises.

Buddy Melton has returned to performing 
with Balsam Range after his injury.
Here's another one...Last Week
Dailey & Vincent & DLQ Traded Banjo Players
Should be interesting!
Joe Dean to DLQ

Jesse Baker to D&V

Here's the Entire Schedule

Denton FarmPark Has Plenty to Offer
The Music Shed

FarmPark Village


Lots of Jammin'

Vendor's Row

And a Different Perspective

 Kids Activities

You can find information about buying tickets here. And camping regulations and information here. 

How to Get to Denton FarmPark

More Performers
Audie Blaylock & Redline

 Dailey & Vincent
 Jamie Dailey

Darin Vincent
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

The Little Roy & Lizzie Show
Lizzy Long 
See you at Denton!