We took the above short video of the then Quicksilver ensemble playing the Bill Monroe instrumental ‘Big Country’ to close out day 1 of the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival in early October 2017. Appropriately for today, it highlights the will-surely-be-missed antics of the three most recent Quicksilver departed – Josh Swift (dobro), Stephen Burwell (fiddle) and Joe Dean (banjo). Today, only Doyle Lawson himself (mandolin) remains of this particular Quicksilver lineup, both Eli Johnston (bass) and Dustin Pyrtle (guitar) having took their own leave of the band in 2018.
We’ve no doubt Doyle will continue his habit of filling out his roster with top-notch professionals; he has excelled in this aspect of bluegrass band HR since Quicksilver’s formation in 1979. But whomever the personnel drafted in, they’ll have some of the most consistently highest standards in the bluegrass business to uphold. We wait further developments with interest.