I've never heard Alan Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers, but their web site characterizes them as playing standard and original gospel music and traditional bluegrass. Sibley was named the Magnolia Bluegrass Association's Male Vocalist of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and Mandolin Player of the Year 2011, 2012 and 2013. The band originates in Mississippi.
Doyle Lawson, in over fifty years in bluegrass and gospel music, has been an innovator and a taste maker. Doyle's early career had him playing with Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe & the New South and he was featured in the "second classic lineup" of the Country Gentlemen, which included Charlie Waller, Jerry Douglas, Bill Yates, Bill Emerson and Ricky Skaggs. He founded what became Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1979, and the rest is history. Doyle's band has, over the years, launched the careers of many headliners, including Jamie Dailey. His reputation is of being a demanding taskmaster, a first-rate band leader, and a fine showman. His achievements are too many to mention. Suffice it to say he was inducted in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012. Lawson's second set on Thursday evening will feature a reunion of some notable alumni of the band, as well a the current crop of virtuoso artists.
Little Roy Lewis toured with his family band, specializing in gospel music and vaudeville-like cutup comedy for generations of bluegrass and gospel fans. His connections to the history and traditions of both bluegrass and gospel music are indisputable. His elastic face and willingness to play the fool have endeared him to generations of fans, as well as his musical colleagues who welcome his appearances on their stage. Since the incapacity of his sisters to perform any longer, Little Roy has partnered with his protege and musical partner, the multi-talented Lizzy Long to tour as the Little Roy & Lizzy Show, bringing both faith and baggy pants comedy to their stage. As Lizzy Long has matured, she has taken an ever increasing role as band spokesman as she tries, mostly without success, to retrain the irrepressible Little Roy. The show hearkens back to a time which has, sadly, passed from the bluegrass stage.