Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Doyle Lawson, April 6, 2010

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:02 - Childhood and family background

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Partial Transcript: I'm Katy Daley of WAMU's Bluegrass Country in Washington, D.C.

Segment Synopsis: Doyle Lawson is introduced. He talks about his family, including his parents and siblings. He talks about his family's ancestry. He talks about his whole family working hard on their farm, even as children, and how this ingrained in him a strong work ethic. He talks about his father's occupations and his mother's illness.

Keywords: 1944; Ancestors; Brothers; Christianity; Congestive heart failure; Discipline; Faith; Fathers; Fields; Government contracts; Health issues; Housewives; Illness; Jobs; Kingsport (Tenn.); Mothers; North Carolina; Occupations; Parents; Prayer; Religion; Scotland; Siblings; Sisters; Sullivan County (Tenn.); Tennessee; Wartime; Work ethic; Working

Subjects: Childhood; Families.; Family farms; Genealogy; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

GPS: Sullivan County (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.51, -82.3
00:08:08 - Family and music

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Partial Transcript: Well let's talk about, uh, your family and your music.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about hearing his father sing at a young age. He talks about growing up in a coal camp. He talks about his father singing in a quartet with other family members, which inspired him to later form a quartet himself.

Keywords: 1954; A capella; Blue Diamond Coal Company; Christianity; Churches; Clinch River Quartet; Coal camps; Coal companies; Curly Lunsford (Artist); Farms; Fathers; Grandfathers; Grandmothers; Hancock County (Tenn.); Jimmie Skinner (Artist); Kingsport (Tenn.); Leatherwood (Ky.); Lunsford, Curly (Artist); Mandolins; Married; Mothers; Movie theaters; Quartets; Schools; Singing; Sisters; Skinner, Jimmie (Artist); Songs; Sweeter Than the Flowers (Song); Trios; WRGS (Radio station)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Company towns; Families.; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Religion

GPS: Leatherwood (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.032778, -83.083889
00:16:32 - Early interest in music

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned, uh, Mr. Willis Byrd?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about being inspired by musicians he heard on the radio, including Bill Monroe and Roy Acuff, among others. He talks about singing as a child and learning songs from his father's songbooks.

Keywords: Acuff, Roy (Artist); Bill Monroe (Artist); Byrd, Willis (Artist); Churches; Fathers; Frank Stamps; Grand Ole Opry; Hank Williams (Artist); Inspiration; Learning; Mandolin players; Mandolins; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Publishers; Quartets; Roy Acuff (Artist); Sheet music; Singing; Songbooks; Stamps, Frank; When God Dips His Love in My Heart (Song); Williams, Hank (Artist); Willis Byrd (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Childhood; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Instruction and study.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Songs.

00:21:58 - Learning to play mandolin

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Partial Transcript: But, uh, when did you start playing, uh, an instrument?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about receiving his first mandolin from a family friend, Willis Byrd, and teaching himself to play. He talks about attempting to imitate other musicians by listening to records until one his his cousins taught him how to play chords.

Keywords: 1958; Audio recording; Bill Monroe (Artist); Byrd, Willis (Artist); Campbell, Ron (Artist); Chords; Churches; Cousins; Flatt and Scruggs (Artist); I'll Be Going to Heaven Sometime (Song); I'll Never Shed Another Tear (Song); Imitation; Jimmy Martin (Artist); Learning to play; Mandolin players; Mandolins; Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Monroe, Bill (Artist); Music recording; Playing music; Practice; Practicing (Music); Records; Ron Campbell (Artist); Self-taught; Silvertone mandolins; Tremolo; Tuning; Willis Byrd (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music fans.; Music--Instruction and study.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical instruments.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

00:31:32 - Learning to play banjo and being hired by Jimmy Martin

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Partial Transcript: Well, so you perfected your mandolin playing?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about how he taught himself to play banjo. He talks about forming a band with some of his cousins, called Country Cousins. He talks about leaving home, the jobs he worked, and how he came to audition to play in Jimmy Martin's band.

Keywords: Auditions; Banjo players; Banjos; Bill Monroe (Artist); Billy Edwards (Artist); Country Cousins (Artist); Cousins; Edwards, Billy (Artist); Employment; Forward roll; Furniture factories; Graves, Josh (Artist); Harmony; Imitation; Jarvis, Norman (Artist); Jimmy Martin (Artist); Jobs; Josh Graves (Artist); Learning to play; Leaving home; Mandolin players; Mandolins; Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Monroe, Bill (Artist); Mothers; Nashville (Tenn.); Norman Jarvis (Artist); Paul Williams (Artist); Rehearsal; Self-taught; Singing; Teaching; Trios; Understanding; Williams, Paul (Artist); Work

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Instruction and study.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical instruments.; Musical performance

00:41:45 - Working for Jimmy Martin

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Partial Transcript: Well, you say it was easy but he had a pretty rough reputation as a band leader and that he was a tough taskmaster.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about what it was like to work for Jimmy Martin, who had the reputation of being tough to work for. He talks about whether band leaders would look after the younger musicians, and practicing until his fingers bled.

Keywords: Attitudes; Bleeding; Death; Fingers; First generation pickers; Jimmy Martin (Artist); Kuykendall , Pete (Artist); Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Parents; Pete Kuykendall (Artist); Picks; Practice; Practicing (Music); Professionalism; Regional; Reputations; Responsibility; Rules; Songs; Taskmasters; Tough; Unions; Young; Young musicians

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Travel.

00:50:51 - Various musicians' styles

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Partial Transcript: Now when, uh--did you ever get a chance to play mandolin or guitar with Jimmy?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson compares the different styles of various musicians, including Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, Earl Scruggs, the Country Gentlemen, Bill Monroe, and others. He talks about recording specific albums and performances.

Keywords: A cappella; Allen, Red (Artist); Audio recording; Banjo players; Banjos; Bill Monroe (Artist); Blackjack (Album); Bluegrass Holiday (Album); Closeness; Concerts; Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Crowe, J. D. (Artist); Doyle Lawson sound; Earl Scruggs (Artist); Employment; Fathers; Fun; Gibson Company; Gigs; Gospel music; I'm Walking (Song); Imitation; J. D. Crowe (Artist); Jimmy Martin (Artist); Jobs; Mandolin players; Mandolins; Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Model Church (Album); Model Church (Song); Monroe, Bill (Artist); Music recording; Musical styles; Open minded; Paul Williams (Artist); Pickers; Quicksilver sound; Recording sessions; Red Allen (Artist); Rock 'n' roll; Save It, Save It (Song); Scruggs, Earl (Artist); Self-expression; Shows; Song arrangements; Song length; Songs; Sound; Style; The Country Gentlemen (Artist); Williams, Paul (Artist); Wilson Industrial Supply; Work; You Can Have Her (Song)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical instruments.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

01:08:35 - Joining the Country Gentlemen

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Partial Transcript: Uh, so we do that and, uh, then I wound up going to the, the, the Country Gentlemen in August of, uh--actually first of September, 1971.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson discusses his decision to join the Country Gentlemen. He talks about his audition for the band, his decision to sing songs in his own way, and his decision to become a partner in the band. He talks about the original members of the Country Gentlemen receiving the Washington Monument Award.

Keywords: Accents; Adcock, Eddie (Artist); Auditions; Bill Emerson (Artist); Bill Yates (Artist); Bobby Morris (Artist); Career advancement; Charlie Waller (Artist); Chautauqua Bluegrass Festival; Chautauqua Park (Ohio); Classics; Concerts; Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Crowe, J. D. (Artist); Duffey, John (Artist); Eddie Adcock (Artist); Emerson, Bill (Artist); Fox on the Run (Song); Gigs; Guitar players; J. D. Crowe (Artist); Jimmy Martin (Artist); Job offers; John Duffey (Artist); Mandolin players; Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Meeting; Money; Morris, Bobby (Artist); Original Country Gentlemen; Partnerships; Paul Williams (Artist); Payment; Salary; Shows; Singing; Songs; The Country Gentlemen (Artist); Voice; Wages; Waller, Charlie (Artist); Washington Monument Award; Williams, Paul (Artist); Yates, Bill (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass festivals; Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Music festivals.; Music--Awards.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

01:20:48 - Awards / religion

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Partial Transcript: Well let's talk about some of your awards.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about the honors he has been awarded over the years, including several Song of The Year awards. He talks about singing in a quartet as a tribute to his father. He talks about the importance of religion in his life.

Keywords: Albums; Band leaders; Bill Monroe (Artist); Churches; Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Artist); Faith; Fathers; First generation; Gospel music; Honors; International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA); Legacy; Message; Missionary Baptist Church; Monroe, Bill (Artist); Quartets; Roots; Singing; Song of the Year; The Little Mountain Church House (Song); Tributes; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Awards.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Religion; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Washington (D.C.)

01:28:57 - Country Gentlemen songs

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Partial Transcript: I've told you this before, I attended a funeral of a friend and the music was pretty dismal.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about his role in introducing new songs for the Country Gentlemen to play. He talks about Charlie Waller's recording process.

Keywords: Audio recording; Band members; Benchmark; Bill Emerson (Artist); Bill Yates (Artist); Casey's Last Ride (Song); Charlie Waller (Artist); Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Denver, John (Artist); Emerson, Bill (Artist); Free reign; John Denver (Artist); Kris Kristofferson (Artist); Kristofferson, Kris (Artist); Material; Mixing; Music recording; Partnerships; Playback; Recording sessions; Recording studios; Singing; Songs; The Country Gentlemen (Artist); Voice; Waller, Charlie (Artist); Yates, Bill (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

01:34:18 - Comedy in Bluegrass

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Partial Transcript: Another part of the Country Gentlemen was the show.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about the role of comedians in Bluegrass and how his time playing with the Country Gentlemen helped him to learn more about the entertainment aspect of music.

Keywords: "Buckshot"; Acts; Comedians; Concerts; Costumes; Crowe, J. D. (Artist); Emcees; Entertainers; Frontman; Funny; Gigs; Humor; J. D. Crowe (Artist); Paul Williams (Artist); Personalities; Routines; Shows; Style; Traditions; Williams, Paul (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass musicians; Comedy.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

01:38:14 - Transition from working with Jimmy Martin to J.D. Crowe

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Partial Transcript: So you were, uh, collecting some of the songs that the Country Gentlemen did and arranging--

Segment Synopsis: Lawson describes the process of leaving Jimmy Martin's band and beginning to work for J.D. Crowe. He talks about his reasons for leaving Jimmy Martin. He talks about moving to Kentucky and the places he played on weekends while working other jobs until he met J.D. Crowe and joined his band. He describes the other members of the band.

Keywords: Allen, Red (Artist); Art Stamper (Artist); Banjo lessons; Banjo players; Bobby Morris (Artist); Callahan, Ginger (Artist); Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Crowe, J. D. (Artist); Disillusioned; Drive; East Tennessee; Filling in; Ginger Callahan (Artist); Gordon Scott (Artist); Guitar players; Hatton, Jimmy (Artist); Inexperienced; J. D. Crowe (Artist); Jimmy Hatton (Artist); Jimmy Martin (Artist); Leaving; Lexington (Ky.); Lonnie Pierce (Artist); Louisville (Ky.); Mandolin players; Married; Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Money; Morris, Bobby (Artist); Payment; Pierce, Lonnie (Artist); Playing styles; Quitting; Red Allen (Artist); Salary; Scott, Gordon (Artist); Songs; Square dances; Stamper, Art (Artist); Switches; Taskmasters; Teaching; The Country Gentlemen (Artist); Transitions; University of Kentucky; Venues; WHAS (Radio station); Wages; Wife; Young

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass festivals; Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music festivals.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Travel.

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
01:53:31 - Singing

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Partial Transcript: Along about that time--I hadn't seen Jimmy since I had left him in '63.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about Jimmy Martin hearing him sing while he was working with J.D. Crowe. He talks about his vocal range and how he has changed singing parts depending on which band he was in. He talks about how the Bluegrass Album Band was formed, and talks about their recordings.

Keywords: Audio recording; Bluegrass Album Band (Artist); Changes; Comparisons; Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Artist); First generation; Flexibility; Lou Reid (Artist); Mandolin players; Music recording; Musical styles; Notoriety; Priorities; Recording sessions; Reid, Lou (Artist); Rice, Tony (Artist); Singing; Sound; Style; Super pickers; Supergroups; Tenors; The Country Gentlemen (Artist); Tony Rice (Artist); Touring; Vocal range

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

02:02:29 - More on awards

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Partial Transcript: Alright, this is for the editor, uh, we weren't sure of the name of the award so we want to make sure--

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks more about the honors he has been awarded. He describes giving a commencement speech at King College and being awarded an honorary doctorate.

Keywords: Band leaders; Churches; Commencement speeches; Doctorate of Fine Arts; Goals; Graduation; Honors; International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA); King College; Perceptions; Song of the Year; Songs

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Awards.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

02:09:47 - Transition from working with J.D. Crowe back to Jimmy Martin

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Partial Transcript: Well let's go back to, um, you're with J.D. Crowe and, uh, Jimmy Martin has heard a tape of you.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about his decision to leave J.D. Crowe and rejoin Jimmy Martin's band. He tells a story about trading a banjo for a Cadillac. He briefly mentions joining the Country Gentlemen.

Keywords: 1969; Alan Munde (Artist); Band members; Banjo players; Cadillacs; Cars; Chris Warner (Artist); Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Crowe, J. D. (Artist); Duffey, John (Artist); Fiddle players; Holiday Inn; J. D. Crowe (Artist); Jimmy Martin (Artist); Job offers; John Duffey (Artist); Mandolin players; Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Michigan; Munde, Alan (Artist); Musical styles; Re-hired; Restless; Sound; Style; The Country Gentlemen (Artist); Trades; Warner, Chris (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass festivals; Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music festivals.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

02:18:34 - Family's opinions on his music career

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Partial Transcript: What was your family's reaction to this career in music?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about how his father's opinion of his career in music changed over time and says that his mother was supportive.

Keywords: Concerts; Crowe, J. D. (Artist); Crowe, Orville; Determination; Employment; Farming; Fathers; Fiddle players; Fields; Gigs; Hard work; J. D. Crowe (Artist); Jobs; Life philosophy; Mothers; Music careers; Orville Crowe; Proud; Reactions; Shows; Successes; Supportive; Work; Work ethic

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Families.; Folk music.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

02:24:00 - Being a role model for younger musicians / transition from working with the Country Gentlemen to his own band

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Partial Transcript: You know you, you mentioned, uh, saying to Jimmy Martin, "I'll be glad to find a banjo player and teach him what he's supposed to do."

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about teaching young musicians who had just been hired by the bands he was in how to play in that band's style. He talks about his reasons for leaving the Country Gentlemen to form his own band, initially called Foxfire and now called Quicksilver. He talks about the process of naming the band, how he found and hired the original band members, and his vision for the sound and style of the band.

Keywords: "Edge music"; Appalachian traditions; Audio recording; Band leaders; Band names; Banjo players; Baucom, Terry (Artist); Bill Emerson (Artist); Bill Holden (Artist); Blend; Bobby Osborne (Artist); Business; Charlie Waller (Artist); Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Direction; Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Artist); Doyle Lawson sound; Emerson, Bill (Artist); Experimenting; Foxfire (Artist); Genres; Haley, Jimmy (Artist); Holden, Bill (Artist); Innovation; Jimmy Haley (Artist); Jimmy Martin (Artist); Job offers; Leaving; Lou Reid (Artist); Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Mothers; Music recording; Musical styles; Name changes; Osborne Brothers (Artist); Osborne, Bobby (Artist); Osborne, Sonny (Artist); Playing music; Producing; Quartets; Quitting; Radio interviews; Recording sessions; Rehearsals; Reid, Lou (Artist); Restless; Role models; Song arrangements; Songs; Sonny Osborne (Artist); Sound; Southbound (Artist); Style; Teaching; Terry Baucom (Artist); The Country Gentlemen (Artist); Trailblazers; Unstoppable; Vision; Vocals; Waller, Charlie (Artist); Wife

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

02:44:32 - Teaching new band members the "Quicksilver sound"

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Partial Transcript: Now over the years, uh--and you refer yourself, uh, in your own biography on your webpage...

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about Quicksilver's unique style and sound, and how he teaches incoming band members how to play his way. He talks about the qualities he looks for in new band members, he talks about some of their quintessential songs and where they get their material, and what it is like to tour as a band.

Keywords: 1984; Alan Johnson (Artist); Alone time; Auditions; Band members; Blue Train (Song); Buses; Changeovers; Changes; Character; Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (Artist); Driving; Emphasis; Getting along; Identity; Jimmy Martin (Artist); Johnson, Alan (Artist); Josh Swift (Artist); Julie Ann Come On Home (Song); Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Material; Musical styles; On the road; Practice; Privacy; Rehearsal; Representation; Reputation; Singing; Songs; Sound; Style; Swift, Josh (Artist); Touring; Tryouts; Vocals

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Travel.

02:57:22 - Working with Paul Simon / Chuck Wagon Gang

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Partial Transcript: Well you are always adaptable to--or, uh, open to new ideas or different genres of music.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks briefly about how he came to work with Paul Simon on his new album (at the time of this interview). He talks about seeing the Chuck Wagon Gang play at an auditorium when he was a child.

Keywords: Audio recording; Changes; Chuck Wagon Gang (Artist); Concerts; Douglas, Jerry (Artist); Fresh; Genres; Gigs; Jerry Douglas (Artist); Job offers; Martin, Steve; Music recording; Musical styles; Open-minded; Paul Simon (Artist); Recording sessions; Shows; Simon, Paul (Artist); Sound; Southern gospel; Steve Martin; Style; Vocal blend

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Records.; Sound recordings.; Sound--Recording and reproducing

03:02:45 - Clothing and dress on stage

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Partial Transcript: You know, I--one thing, I, I teased you a lot over the years, there used to be a, a minister--(Lawson coughs)--evangelist out of Harlem...

Segment Synopsis: Lawson discusses why he puts so much emphasis on how he looks when he performs and why he wants to make the whole concert experience special for the audience. He displays several of his suit jackets designed by Manuel, as well as several pairs of his boots, some designed by CABOOTS.

Keywords: Admiration; Autry, Gene; Boots; Buses; CABOOTS; Clothes; Clothing companies; Clothing designers; Coats; Concerts; Cowboys; Don Light; El Paso (Tex.); Endorsements; Entertainers; Entertainment; Gene Autry; Gigs; Impact; Impressions; Light, Don; Manuel jackets; Marty Stewart (Artist); Outfits; Pants; Rogers, Roy; Roy Rogers; Shoe size; Shows; Special; Spokesman; Stewart, Marty (Artist); Tailors; Touring; Trousers; Wardrobe; Western

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Clothing and dress.; Fashion.; Folk music.; Music audiences; Music fans.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Travel.

GPS: El Paso (Tex.)
Map Coordinates: 31.790278, -106.423333
03:21:50 - Demonstration of mandolin / songwriting

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Partial Transcript: --(mandolin playing)--

Segment Synopsis: Lawson plays his mandolin. He explains why he likes the model he is demonstrating, and talks about other models he also plays. He talks about the types of strings he uses. He plays a few songs on the mandolin, talks more about his songwriting process, and talks about his role as a music publisher.

Keywords: Co-writing; Concerts; D'Addario strings; Daley, Jamie; David Harvey; Demonstrations; F4 mandolin; F5 mandolin; Gigs; Goebel, Pete; Gunn, Steve; Harvey, David; Jamie Daley; Lawson model; Lonesome River Band (Artist); Mandolin players; Mandolins; Money; Old Hickory Hornpipe (Song); Paul Williams (Artist); Payment; Pete Goebel; Playing music; Please Search Your Heart (Song); Publishing; Salary; Shows; Songwriting; Steve Gunn; Strings; Trust; Wages; Williams, Paul (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical instrument makers.; Musical instruments.; Musical performance

03:35:32 - Musical ability

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Partial Transcript: Well as I mentioned earlier, you're always seem open for new ideas and new experiences.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about the difficulty of maintaining a career as a musician. He compares his musical ability to others' abilities in other fields, and talks about why other musicians who may have more talent may not have seen as much success as he has. He talks about the hard work and practice that he has put into music that others do not often see.

Keywords: Banjo players; Burns, Jethro (Artist); Chosen; Competition; Faith; Fun; Future; George Shuffler (Artist); God; Golf; Guitar players; Hard work; Jethro Burns (Artist); Josh Trivett; Learning; Maintaining; Managers; Mandolin players; Practice; Predictions; Shuffler, George (Artist); Talent; Trivett, Josh

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music business; Music--Performance.; Musical ability.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; Religion

03:45:22 - Jobs / U.S. Navy Band Country Current

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Partial Transcript: And all the years that you, that you work, uh, you work a, a job to supplement the income.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about some of the jobs he has held outside of the music career. He talks about how some of the Country Gentlemen were considering joining the U.S. Navy Band Country Current, and why he ultimately decided not to join.

Keywords: Age requirements; Bill Emerson (Artist); Careers; Concerts; Cookie factories; Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Crowe, J. D. (Artist); Decisions; Digging ditches; Emerson, Bill (Artist); Employment; Farming; Furniture factories; Gigs; Grist mills; Holiday Inn; J. D. Crowe (Artist); Jobs; Shows; Swearing in; The Country Gentlemen (Artist); United States Navy Band Country Current (Artist); Vacuum sales; Wilson Industrial Supply

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Military service, Voluntary--United States.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance; United States. Navy.

03:53:04 - Bill Monroe playing mandolin

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Partial Transcript: Are we missing anything?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about Bill Monroe's mandolin playing and songwriting, including a story about receiving a 3 a.m. phone call from Monroe about a new song. He plays a few songs to demonstrate the difference between his own mandolin playing style and Bill Monroe's. He talks about missing some of his musician friends who have passed away, including Bill Monroe and John Duffey, among others. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Acceptance; Attitudes; Bean Blossom Festival, Indiana; Bill Monroe (Artist); Charlie Monroe (Artist); Country Gentlemen, the (Artist); Demonstrations; Duffey, John (Artist); Fiddle notes; Friends; Funerals; Homes; Houses; Jimmy Martin (Artist); John Duffey (Artist); Legacy; Mandolin players; Mandolins; Martin, Jimmy (Artist); Misty Morning (Song); Mojave Sands (Song); Monroe, Bill (Artist); Monroe, Charlie (Artist); Musical styles; Personalities; Phone calls; Rosine (Ky.); Songwriting; Sound; Style; The Country Gentlemen (Artist)

Subjects: Bands (Music); Bluegrass music.; Bluegrass musicians; Folk music.; Folk songs.; Music--Performance.; Musical groups.; Musical performance

GPS: Rosine (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.450278, -86.741389