- Released: May 7, 2002
- Label: Sugarhill
- 1.Blue Train (Of the Heartbreak Line)
- 2.The Hard Game of Love
- 3.Oak Ridge Renezvous
- 4.We Missed You
- 6.Standing Room Only
- 7.Poor Boy Working Blues
- 8.In My Dreams
- 9.A Thing of the Past
- 10.My Trust in You
- 11.The Hand Made Cross
- 12.As Long As the World Stands
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: Doyle Lawson (vocals, mandolin); Barry Scott (vocals, guitar, acoustic bass); Jamie Dailey (vocals, guitar); Dale Perry (vocals, banjo, acoustic bass); Hunter Berry (guitar, fiddle).
Additional personnel: Barry Abernathy (vocals, banjo); Jimmy Van Cleve, Owen Saunders (fiddle).
Recorded at Eastwood Studio, Cana, Virginia on October 29-31 and on November 12-13, 2001.
THE HARD GAME OF LOVE was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album.
Personnel: Doyle Lawson (vocals, mandolin); Jamie Dailey (vocals, guitar); Dale Perry (vocals, banjo, acoustic bass); Barry Abernathy (vocals, banjo); Quicksilver (guitar); Hunter Berry, Jim VanCleve (fiddle).
Recording information: Doobie Shea Studio (??/??/1997-11/13/2001); Eastwood Studio, Cana, VA (??/??/1997-11/13/2001).
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
After a nearly six-year foray into Gospel bluegrass, with THE HARD GAME OF LOVE Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver come roaring back with one the best secular albums of their career. There are few bluegrass bands tighter than Quicksilver, and the ferocious chops-busting arrangement of the great Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk's "Blue Train (Of The Heartbreak Line)" that opens the album should send aspiring musicians running back to the practice room. Other highlights include Bill Anderson's "We Missed You," a melancholy ballad that showcases Lawson's way with the classic high lonesome sound, and Quicksilver guitarist Jamie Dailey's "Poor Boy Working Blues," which could easily pass for a '50s Bill Monroe standard. There aren't many groups that still play stone cold traditional bluegrass with the conviction, lack of pretense, and effortless, subtle virtuosity displayed by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. For this reason alone, THE HARD GAME OF LOVE is a treasure.