Here at Wild Acoustic, we love playing music, but we also love to listen. We have a lot friends who are recording artists, and we like to feature them here as Signature Artists. We also love to listen to some of the superstars. On the outside chance you have never heard of Dobro superstar, Jerry Douglas, we would like to introduce him along with his newest release "Traveler".
Born in Ohio, Jerry Douglas began playing Dobro at the age of eight, after his father, a steelworker who played bluegrass in his spare time, took him to a Flatt and Scruggs concert. After playing with his dad's group the West Virginia Travelers for several years, at 17 he joined the bluegrass band the Country Gentlemen. Two years later, he became a member of J.D. Crowe and the New South, which also included future solo stars Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice. He has been a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1998.
"Traveler" is his 14th solo release. Recorded in New Orleans, New York, Montreal and Banbury, England as well as in Nashville, Traveler teams him with Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', Marc Cohn, Dr. John, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jon Cleary, Viktor Krauss and Omar Hakim, as well as Alison Krauss & Union Station.
Traveler's numerous highlights include a pair of Paul Simon classics: "American Tune," included here in an affecting solo Dobro medley with Chick Corea's "Spain"; and an acoustic version of "The Boxer," recorded in England with U.K. folk-rockers Mumford & Sons providing backup, and in New York with Paul Simon adding an exotic assortment of electric and acoustic guitar. Discover Jerry Douglas at www.JerryDouglas.com.
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