Internationally recognized as the world’s most renowned Dobro player, Jerry Douglas and his band come to Grass Valley for a concert Wednesday.
“Booking this concert is a coup for the Center. Jerry Douglas usually performs at much larger venues. We’re thrilled to be able to bring headline talent of this caliber to our intimate main stage theater,” said Center for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker.
Music aficionados everywhere may be familiar with the sound of Douglas, an artist who has contributed to a staggering number of albums and concerts with an impressive list of highly acclaimed musicians over the years.
In addition to his 14 solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums as a sideman, including recordings by James Taylor, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello, Garth Brooks, Charlie Haden, Earl Scruggs, Phish, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, The Chieftains and the multimillion-dollar-selling film soundtrack, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
In fall 2006, Douglas toured with his band opening for Paul Simon, and in 2007, he performed with Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Since 1998, Douglas has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station.
Ranking among the top contemporary masters in American music, Douglas has garnered 13 Grammy Awards and numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. He holds the distinction of being named “Musician of the Year” by the Country Music Association (2002, 2005, 2007), the Academy of Country Music (11 times), and the Americana Music Association (2002, 2003). In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Douglas with a National Heritage Fellowship, its highest accolade, acknowledging his artistic excellence and contribution to the nation’s traditional arts.
On his 14th solo album and first solo recording project in three years, Douglas unveils the elegance of his own songwriting and artistic virtuosity.
“For the first time in my career, I found myself ready to step completely out of my comfort zone to begin a solo recording project with a producer. Giving someone else the controls of a personal endeavor to allow myself the freedom to focus entirely on what I would want to play in this new situation was something I had never allowed myself. This record is the culmination of a long career spent making friends and lending my sound to theirs. This time my friends have come onboard to lend their voices to me,” Douglas said.
A Dobro, also known as a resonator guitar, is a type of acoustic guitar with steel resonating disks inside the body under the bridge. Dobro guitars, which have a banjo-like sound, were introduced to bluegrass music in the 1950s.
The Jerry Douglas Band also includes Luke Bulla on violin, Viktor Krauss on bass, Josh Hunt on drums and Omar Hakim on drums, percussion.