by Jerry Douglas
The phrase “living legend” may be overused, but in the case of the master Dobro guitarist Jerry Douglas, it’s also an understatement.Jerry is a 13-time Grammy winner and the long-time featured soloist with the multi-platinum Alison Krauss & Union Station. Jerry is also Musical Director and Co-Host of ‘The Journey’ a national PBS TV series about the history of American Folk Music set to air in late 2012/ early 2013.
With Traveler, Jerry has finally recorded an album that will even further elevate his already impressive stature from super-sideman to a bona fide front-rank creator of musical Americana. Produced by Russ Titelman (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, etc.), and recorded in New Orleans, Nashville, and London, this ambitious collection of vocals and instrumentals enlists a truly awesome cast of characters in support of an epic vision that combines Country/Bluegrass, R&B, and even a ballad with roots in the British Isles (Paul Simon’s ‘The Boxer’, performed with Mumford & Sons and the song’s composer). This track is the first new Mumford & Sons recording in 2 years.
Other highlights include two New Orleans classics – ‘Something You Got’, with vocals and guitar by Eric Clapton; and ‘High Blood Pressure’, with vocals by Keb’ Mo and a gang of the Crescent City’s finest, including Dr. John.
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