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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver - Burden Bearer

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There's something about the plaintive quality of bluegrass music that makes the genre particularly suitable for interpreting gospel songs; perhaps it is the juxtaposition of earthy sounds with thoughts of the unearthly and somewhat unknowable world of spirit. It all boils down to a reflective listen here as mandolin master and singer Lawson leads his band through a generous 20-song set of songs ranging from the gospel hoedown of the title cut to the quiet "Best Friends" to Lawson's own "Brother Have You Heard" which is performed a capella in a barbershop quartet mood. Lawson handles lead, baritone and low tenor vocals and he also has three members of his band who join in throughout on numerous other a capella numbers, and these are among the most potent on the album. Set to piano and weepy fiddle accompaniment, the classic gospel of "How Great Thou Art" closes the album.

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