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Fans of bluegrass
and gospel may enjoy a performance by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. The group will perform Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tallmadge High School Theatre.
Proceeds from the performance will benefit The Tallmadge Foundation.
Lawson said his love for music, particularly gospel and bluegrass, runs in the family. He credits his lengthy music career, which started in the 1960s, to "all those wonderful songs I was exposed to as a youngster." Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver has been performing for 35 years.
"I started to learn the mandolin when I was 11," said Lawson, 70. "My father, mother and sister all sang gospel music when I was young."
Lawson said his father was involved in many a cappella groups, which sang in churches, revivals and civic events.
"My father was my biggest influence in music, with his gospel quartets," he said. "My love for gospel music started when I was really young, although not as young as my love for bluegrass. When I first heard Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys, I fell in love with bluegrass. I love the harmonies and the emotions. Bluegrass and gospel, a lot of it goes hand in hand."
Lawson said he enjoyed performing on stage and talking with the audience afterward.
"We were playing in either Kansas or Missouri about a month ago, and a guy told me he remembered seeing me play banjo when I was first starting out," he said. "That was my first job, when I was in Nashville, working with Jimmy Martin. That would have been in 1963."
Lawson said he has happy for the chance to play in Tallmadge.
"I hope [the audience] gets a boatload of enjoyment, something that will lift their spirits," he said. "We hope to put a smile on their faces and joy in their hearts."
The concert also will benefit the community, he added.
"It's a great cause and we are proud to be a part of it," he said.