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Featured Story of the Month January 2022
Bluegrass Bands: Kentucky Mountain Boys & Quicksilver
By John Gavin, Sunday, January 2, 2022


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The Kentucky Mountain Boys were formed in 1961

by J.D. Crowe and principally performed in the Lexington

region. Band members included were: Bobby Slone,

J.D. Crowe, Larry Rice and Doyle Lawson

In 1971, Crowe changed the band's name to

The New South. In 1975, the band began to add jazz and

rock influences to its bluegrass repertoire, as well as country

and folk elements. He left music business in the late 1980's

and only played concerts and selected recording opportunities.

In 1982 he returned to the bluegrass mainstream. In 1994 and

2004, he was International Bluegrass Music Association's

Instrumental Performer of the Year, banjo, and he was inducted

into the IBMA Hall of fame in 2003.

J.d. Crowe passed away on December 24, 2021 of pneumonia at

age 84. Crowe received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented

by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas, Texas on

October 15, 2011 for his outstanding job in bluegrass. He is

considered as the best banjo player in the world.


Doyle Lawson began his career with the band Kentucky

Mountain Boys at age 19 in 1963. In 1979 he formed the

bluegrass Band, Quick Silver and recorded albums and

performed all over the USA and Canada. In 1989, they won

song of the year at the International Bluegrass Awards and

were nominated for a Grammy for best Gospel album. In

2021, Doyle announced his retirement.

Here are some of their achievements: