Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will appear on Song of the Mountains at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion on Saturday, March 2. Special guests will be singer/songwriter Jerry Salley and Jeff Parker and Company.
Song of the Mountains is the official television series for the state of Virginia, but the concert series airs across the United States on public television (PBS outlets).
"Our show is currently in season 15 of tapings," said Tim White, the show's host and executive coordinator since it started in 2005. "Doyle Lawson is a fan favorite and we try to book him on our show every year. He is fantastic and an icon in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music."
In a career that has encompassed more than 30 studio albums -- and over 20 IBMA or SPBGMA Awards -- there's a simple reason why Doyle Lawson is still performing for the fans all over the road.
"It's the love of the music," he said. "It's always been about that, first and foremost, for me. All of the other stuff came afterward. The first thing has always been the love of music."
That love for his craft is also influencing some of the new music that Lawson is in the studio working on.
"We're living in turbulent times with so much unrest among our people, I love my country. I love what we are blessed to have, and I'm also a firm believer that the freedom we enjoy has a price; it's not free. There's a price paid for it. So I'm leaning toward something that's kind of a salute to heroes past and present," he said, listing a variety of influential people in his life ranging from Jesus Christ to his parents to his former employer, "The Father of Bluegrass Music," Bill Monroe.
All of those influences can be heard in Lawson's voice. According to Lawson, he pours his heart into each and every line when he sings because that's what he owes his audience when he performs a song.
"When you're an artist, you bare your soul to the world. To be honest with you, that's sometimes a little bit frightening because the perfect world would be to be loved by everybody. But, it's not a perfect world and we're not loved by everybody, still, it's a big thing when you put your emotions on the line like that."
Referred to by Billboard Magazine as "One of Music Row's greatest veteran tunesmiths," Jerry Salley has had a successful, multi-award winning songwriting career. The 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year and 2018 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Songwriter of the Year, Salley has had over 500 different songs recorded and his songs have sold in excess of 17 million records worldwide. Writing and singing in Nashville since 1982, he has written multiple hits in country, bluegrass, and gospel music and may well be the most successful songwriter to have earned equal recognition from all three genres of music.
From Sir Elton John's only chart single to appear on the Billboard Country Chart, "Where We Both Say Goodbye," a duet with Australian artist Catherine Britt, to a gospel song so popular it has been included in church hymnals, "His Strength Is Perfect,” from songs recorded by country music legends Loretta Lynn and The Oak Ridge Boys to some of today's biggest country stars like Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, and Brad Paisley, Salley’s long list of accomplishments speaks for itself. As an artist, he has performed worldwide. As well as having the honor of performing as a soloist many times on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, he has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, Regis and Kathy Lee, and NBC'S Today Show, where he sang as background vocalist for the legendary Linda Ronstadt. This will be Salley's first appearance on Song of the Mountains.
Jeff Parker is a multi-album recording artist and bluegrass fan-favorite from central Kentucky. Famous for his mandolin-playing and vocal lead singing, with over 30 years in music, Parker has performed and recorded across America and internationally with musical acts such as the Lonesome River Band and Dailey and Vincent. With Dailey and Vincent, he has performed multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry and Madison Square Garden and on national media networks like PBS, RFD-TV and Sirius XM.
Parker began playing guitar at age six with his father and biggest influence, Vester Parker, who encouraged him, imparting the lesson that "You need to practice. You have to know what you're doing, and keep learning."
Parker started playing the mandolin after he saw his first live performance of the Russell Brothers. For 10 years, he performed at Renfro Valley, where he was broadcast in over 200 radio stations with its Renfro Valley Sunday Morning. In 2001, he began his partnership with the Lonesome River Band and, in 2007, he joined with The Dailey and Vincent band. He leads Jeff Parker and Company, which has produced four albums, "Two Roads to Travel" (2004), "Go Parker!" (2012), "It's Christmas Time" (2013), and "Jeff Parker and Company" (2015). His fifth album, "My Home Town," is being recorded with Slack Key Studios in Nashville, Tenn., and is set to be released this year.
Song of the Mountains presents concert tapings every month at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion. The concerts are taped for broadcast across America on Public Television. The March 2 tickets are available online and at the box office, at www.songofthemountains.org or by calling 276-783-6093.
The next Song of the Mountains taping will be on Saturday, April 13, and will feature the music of Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Billy Droze and others.
The concert series is underwritten by the Town of Marion, the Ellis Family Foundation, including the General Francis Marion Hotel, The Bank of Marion, and Blue Ridge Country 98.1 WBRF Radio, and Bryant Label Co.
Song of the Mountains is a non-profit 501c3 organization.