And the bluegrass band scramble continues…
Joey Cox will be the newest member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, replacing Chris Warner who stepped in briefly when Terry Baucom left the band in March. Just 24 years old, Joey has already had a stellar bluegrass career. He has toured and recorded with both Lou Reid & Carolina and BlueRidge, and was working with Kenny & Amanda Smith when the call came in from Doyle.
Lawson has seen many band members come and go over his tenure at the helm, but was especially sorry to see Chris Warner leave.
“Chris had prior commitments in Pennsylvania which made for a very difficult and draining travel schedule. I really wish that it would have worked out with Chris, as he is an outstanding person.”
Here’s an interesting perspective: Joey wasn’t even born when Doyle Lawson left The Country Gentlemen to start his own band back in 1979. For his part, Joey grew up as a young banjo picker listening to the music of Terry Baucom and Scott Vestal, and developing his style by learning their licks from Quicksilver recordings.
“I never thought it could happen. It’s a like a dream come true. When I was a kid, me and my buddies would jam on Quicksilver tunes, and now I’ll be playing them on stage with Doyle.
It’s an honor and a great opportunity for me, and I’m really grateful for the chance.”
Joey said that he is hard at work learning all the material from the most recent Quicksilver release, More Behind The Picture Than The Wall, but was already familiar with much of Doyle’s earlier music.
Joey will be on stage with the band for their July 12 show at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Doyle said that he sent Joey set lists and CDs, and left him one piece of advice.
“I told him he better study hard.”