Sliding along with Doyle

Josh Swift, the newest member of Doyle Lawson & QuicksilverDoyle Lawson has just announced the acquisition of another hot young picker.  Twenty one year old dobro player Josh Swift is the newest member of Quicksilver, effective this past weekend.

Josh had been performing until just recently as a member of Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, and is understandably excited about his new gig.

Doyle speaks very highly of his newest hire as well.

“I first heard Josh when I was working Dollywood a couple weeks ago. He was performing with Darrell Webb and a few others. When I heard his Dobro  playing it just blew my socks off. I turned around and looked and listened to him for a good while.  Josh came to IBMA specifically to try out with Quicksilver and chat some more. We tried him out Friday night at the Gibson/First Quality showcase and he didn’t miss a beat. I asked him if he wanted to go to Texas with us for the weekend and he said ‘yes sir.’

This is just another step I’m taking to provide better music and entertainment for my fans and this is the hottest band I’ve had in a while. I seldom do this, but we jammed for over three hours the other night –  running through old songs – – and pulling out old standards.

Having Josh in addition to Alan’s suburb fiddling and Joey’s excellent banjo picking is going to be exciting!”

Check Quicksilver’s tour schedule online to find a chance to catch them live.

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John Lawless

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  • shane

    Doyle Lawson just keeps getting better and better. It is just too bad that the powers that be at the IBMA seem to have something against him ever winning the Entertainer of the Year award.

    If anyone EVER deserved that award this year it was Doyle. With all the changes happening in his band, he never let it show up with a drop in quality in his shows. He is the consumate entertainer, whether or not the voters of the IBMA see it that way.

  • Shane, as you mentioned later in your comment, it’s the voters who determine the recipients of the awards, not “the powers that be” unless by that, you mean the voting members.

    It seems every time someone’s favorite doesn’t get the award they think is deserved, they see a conspiracy.

    No conspiracy here, just people voting. Popularity contest? Sure, I’ll buy that. Conspiracy? No, I’ll not go that far.

    Are you a voting member?