Doyle Wayne Lawson, 20 April 1944, Fordtown, near Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. Lawsons father sang in a gospel quartet and he was attracted to both gospel and bluegrass music as a child. By the time he reached his teens, he could play mandolin, banjo and guitar but captivated by Bill Monroes playing, he specialized in the former. He began his professional career in 1963, playing banjo with Jimmy Martins Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1966, he began an association with J.D. Crowe, first playing guitar but soon becoming the mandolinist with Crowes Kentucky Mountain Boys and, in the late 60s, he played on two albums with Crowe and also recorded with Red Allen for Rebel. He joined the Country Gentlemen in 1971, and remained a member until 1979. During this time, he toured to Japan and Europe, recorded 10 albums with the group and also recorded a solo mandolin instrumental album.
In 1979, Lawson left the Country Gentlemen and formed...
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