About Jerry Douglas
Internationally recognized as the world’s most renowned Dobro player, Jerry Douglas ranks among the top contemporary artists in American music. In addition to his groundbreaking work as a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, acoustic supergroup Strength in Numbers (with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck and Sam Bush), Elvis Costello’s Sugarcanes and others, Douglas has graced over 2000 recordings by such distinguished artists as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello, Garth Brooks, Phish, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, and the eight million-plus selling soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
Douglas has garnered thirteen Grammy Awards, and has been named “Musician of the Year” by The Country Music Association (3 times), The Academy of Country Music (11 times), and The Americana Music Association (twice) as well as numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Douglas is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Americana Music Association, and was honored as the 2008 Artist in Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. In 2004, the National Endowment for The Arts honored Douglas with a National Heritage Fellowship, their highest such accolade.
Douglas’ newest album, Traveler, is his first solo release since 2009. It features special guest vocals from Eric Clapton, Mumford & Sons, Paul Simon, Keb’ Mo’, Marc Cohn and Allison Krauss and Union Station. The album also features legendary musicians Dr. John (piano), Béla Fleck (banjo), Del McCoury (harmony vocals), Sam Bush, (harmony vocals and mandolin) Omar Hakim (drums) and Viktor Krauss (bass), among others.
Facts About Jerry Douglas
- In addition to his thirteen solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums.
- As a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phish, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb’ Mo’, Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, and Johnny Mathis, as well as performing on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He has been part of such notable groups as The Whites, New South, The Country Gentlemen, Strength in Numbers, and Elvis Costello‘s “Sugar Canes”.
- Since 1998, Douglas has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum-selling albums. When not on the road with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Douglas tours with his band in support of his extensive body of work.
- Douglas has received thirteen Grammy Awards and has won the Country Music Association’s ‘Musician of the Year’ award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007.
- In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Douglas a National Heritage Fellowship.
- Douglas was named Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Douglas was honored at the 36th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado for his twenty-fifth consecutive year playing in and at the festival.
- The Americana Music Association honored Jerry Douglas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“He’s my favorite musician, and I’m including Otis Redding and Elvis in that.” -John Fogerty
“Jerry Douglas is to roots music instrumentalists what T- Bone Burnett is to producers.” -Pop Matters
“Jerry Douglas is the undisputed King of the Dobro, a musician with monster chops.” -All Music
“…the Muhammad Ali of the Dobro” -James Taylor