• New fiddler for Doyle

    It turns out that the info we got from Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver last week about Alan Johnson returning to the band was only half right. Big Al is indeed taking over the fiddle spot from Brandon Godman, but only on

  • Big Al is back

    Just six months after announcing his retirement from the band this past spring, fiddler Alan Johnson is back with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. I guess you can take the picker off the road, but you can't take the road out of

  • Big Al Goes Postal

    Big Al Johnson has gone postal. No, not like that. He's working for the US Postal Service. That doesn't mean he's not playing music though. Alan has a solid background as a fiddle player and bass singer, having toured with a

  • New fiddler for Doyle

    We hear from Suzanne Lawson that Alan Johnson, fiddler and bass singer with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver since March of 2007, will be leaving the group at the end of May. Alan has accepted a full-time position with the U.S. Postal

  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: new members

    We wrote earlier today to tell you about the new hires in Doyle Lawson's band Quicksilver. At the time we promised to bring you more details when we got them. The official announcement just landed in my inbox, including a quote

  • Doyle Lawson adds new band members

    Doyle Lawson commented yesterday afternoon on his bulletin board that he is hiring fiddle player and bass singer Alan Johnson (formerly with BlueRidge) to take Mike Hartgrove's place, and banjo player Chris Warner (formerly with Jimmy Martin) in place of

  • Wednesday night at IBMA – part 2

    Here's the second part of late night wanderings around the showcases. There was some really great music being played late last night, and I didn't even make it to any of the jam sessions happening on various floors of the

  • Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend ’06

    Information on the 2006 Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend is now available on the RBW web site. The event will be held November 10-12 in Roanoke, VA and offers three days of intensive instruction in the fine points of playing bluegrass music. This

  • BlueRidge signs with Pinecastle

    Pinecastle Records and BlueRidge have joined forces, with Alan Bibey & Co. signing with the Florida-based label for their next recording, a Gospel project slated for an early 2006 release. In addition to Bibey on mandolin, BlueRidge is made up