About Crowe Lawson Williams
Bluegrass trailblazers Doyle Lawson, J.D. Crowe, and Paul Williams joined forces for a 2010 tribute to Jimmy Martin, Old Friends Get Together. A track from that album, “Prayer Bells of Heaven,” was named Gospel Performance of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year at the 2011 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. At the ceremony, accepting these awards, these three legends promised an encore. They delivered on the promise with their 2014 release Standing Tall And Tough, a landmark release that is well worth the wait.
Doyle Lawson began his career as a professional musician in the 1960s, playing in bands headed by Jimmy Martin and J.D. Crowe. In September 1971, he joined the Country Gentlemen. He remained with them until 1979, the year he launched his own band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Through the years, Quicksilver has released nearly forty recordings, received multiple Grammy®, Dove®, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and won IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year seven times. Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium on September 27, 2012.
J.D. Crowe picked up the banjo when he was thirteen years old. His initial banjo influence was Earl Scruggs, but as he worked through several bands during the ’60s, he developed a distinctive instrumental style that melded country, bluegrass, rock, and blues. He founded the New South in the early 1970s. Guitarist Tony Rice, mandolinist Ricky Skaggs, dobroist Jerry Douglas, and fiddler/bassist Bobby Sloan joined Crowe to play a wildly eclectic brand of bluegrass on electric instruments. Their debut release caused an instant sensation and marked a genuine turning point in the sound of the genre. Crowe and Rice would join Doyle Lawson, Bobby Hicks, and Todd Phillips as the Bluegrass Album Band, a trend-setting band of the 1980s. Though he has retired from active touring, he has remained active with studio work and various special appearances.
Paul Williams began his career with The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers in the ’50s; he then went on to become one of Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys in the late ’50s and early ’60s. After becoming saved in August 1963, he retired from the Bluegrass circuit. But he remained active in Bluegrass Gospel for three more decades, founding the Victory Trio in 1995. Their recording Old Ways & Old Paths was nominated for a Grammy® in 2000 in the Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album category. He retired from full-time touring in January 2014. He came out of retirement to record Standing Tall and Tough, and plans to appear live at select dates, including several special Crowe Lawson Williams appearances.