Doyle Lawson – More Behind The Picture Than The Wall

Doyle Lawson - More Behind The Picture Than The WallHere is the much anticipated secular album from the group that has won the Vocal Group of the Year award from IBMA for the last six years, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

The title track of the disc, More Behind The Picture Than The Wall, was penned by Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon, and Don Miller. This is one of two songs on which Doyle sings lead on the new CD. The other lead he contributes is on the Harley Allen tune The Phone Call, which is a song about the heartaches that arise from many father/son relationships.

Doyle and lead singer Jamie Dailey co-wrote three songs on the album: Just Lovin’ You, When The Blues Are Movin’ In, and Mississippi River Let Your Water Flow. Jamie tells me that they did have in mind Mighty Mississippi from the early days of the band while writing that last tune.

We did have that original tune in mind while we wrote Mississippi River. We were trying for the sound and style of the original without just copying the song.

Jamie said that he and Doyle have written 34 songs together in the last 8 years and they sure seem to work well together.

Doyle also “whittled” a new instrumental for the band entitled Tulsa Turn-A-Round.

Jamie declared that this record is different than anything Doyle has done before. It features a number of ballads, his favorite of which is Leon Payne’s thought-provoking The Selfishness of Man, a tune that has been previously recorded by both Ricky Skaggs and George Jones.

Banjo player Terry Baucom said his favorite cut on the record is Ocean Of Teardrops, a tune he called “a hard driving bluegrass song in B chord.”

Cindy and I were visiting with Ron Spears last September during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. He gave us a song he had written. We really liked his demo and I passed it on to Doyle. Doyle and everyone else in the band really liked it, too. It is one of my favorites – if not the favorite cut on the new project.

Darren Beachley, the newest member of the band sings this tune. I’ve heard the cut and I’ve got to say that Baucom’s right hand is responsible for a great deal of the drive this cut enjoys. All hail The Duke of Drive!

The CD will be released on the Rounder Records label on March 27, 2007. Audio samples are not yet available online. We’ll let you know as soon as we find some.

UPDATE 2/23/07: There are now audio samples up on Doyle’s site.