Sept. 04--For some fans of bluegrass music, all that matters is that performers "keep it traditional."
Doyle Lawson has been at the forefront of bluegrass music for decades, as a member of such ground-breaking bands as J.D. Crowe and the New South and the Country Gentlemen, as well as leading his own group, Quicksilver, since 1979.
And while tradition is important to Lawson, he's not at all opposed to innovation.
"I've been playing bluegrass since I was 11 years old," Lawson said. "It's my first love, musically speaking, and always will be. At the same time, I've always tried to be very open-minded when it comes to listening to other kinds of music, because you can learn all sorts of things that you can apply to the music you play.
"Besides," he said, "when you think about the great bluegrass musicians of the past, and really pay attention to what they were doing at the time, you realize they were visionaries and experimenters in their own right -- even when their music sounds as 'traditional' as you could want."
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will be one of the artists performing at this year's Bluegrass and Chili Festival in Claremore.
The three-day event at the Claremore Expo will also feature performances by such established bluegrass artists as Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, IIIrd Tyme Out, the Sam Bush Band and Sanctus Real, along with up-and-coming talents Dave Adkins & Republik Steel, the Brooke & Darin Aldridge Band and the Quebe Sisters.
See the rest of the story in tomorrow's Scene section.
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