Doyle Lawson received the honor of induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame during the 23rd Annual IBMA Awards at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 27, 2012.
Lawson received a thunderous standing ovation following his introduction by heralded WSM and Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs.
In a classic line from Doyle’s acceptance remarks, he said with a big grin and twinkle in his eye, “Just because I’m in the Hall of Fame doesn’t mean I’m done!”
Lawson and his music seem to keep getting better, as echoed by Charlie Sizemore, attorney and respected musician who shared the stage with the likes of Dr. Ralph Stanley before starting his own band in 1986. Charlie recently shared in congratulatory remarks to Lawson: “Doyle has set a high bar – even for himself. But having recently seen and heard him – and having known him for a lot of years, I would not be the least bit surprised if the best music from Doyle Lawson is yet to come.”
Of his Hall of Fame Induction, Lawson shared:
“I woke up this morning reflecting on my week at IBMA and how humbled I feel by all that transpired this week. Then I thought of how many of the pioneers that planted the seeds for the birth of the IBMA never got to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Had it not been for them, none of us would be enjoying the Bluegrass sounds of music. So here I am almost 50 years after arriving in Nashville to play banjo for Jimmy Martin having no aspirations other than to be a bluegrass musician in a band.. I never dreamed it would come to this. I am blessed beyond belief to be inducted into IBMA’s Hall Of Fame. To be there with heroes is indescribable. My heartfelt thanks to everyone for their congratulations. And I thank God for it all. To Him be the Glory!”
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are currently in studio laying down tracks for their upcoming album, scheduled to be released in early 2013.
Photo by Anthony Scarlati, www.scarlati.net.