Doyle did what!?

Long time fans probably know that Doyle Lawson can play all the bluegrass instruments, and quite well. His first real job in bluegrass was playing banjo with Jimmy Martin in the 1960s, followed by a gig with J.D. Crowe on guitar, before becoming known primarily as a mandolinist.

The bluegrass world was mildly scandalized when Doyle started using a drummer on certain shows in 2011, but what will they think of this – Doyle on drums in the studio!?

Not to worry. He’s not laying down his trusty mando. The picture was taken this week while Doyle was at Quicksilver reso-guitarist Josh Swift’s studio (Cowbell Fever), where the latest band album is being mixed.

Josh tells us that Doyle’s stick time came as a big surprise.

“We were taking a break and he just sat down and starting playing! You know….HE DOES KNOW TIMING…. Mikey and I were in shock, looked slowly at each other and then we all busted out laughing!

I gotta say, his form looks great!!!”

Before any ugly rumors get started, Doyle assured us that he was just playing with Swifty’s toys. Drums won’t be coming back to Quicksilver any time soon.

Besides… I’m not sure you can play the drums in shiny red boots.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.