Jerry Douglas

Don't forget about Beard at Resosummit!

I know everybody was really excited to see the new National Scheerhorn collaboration, but I think just as much attention was paid to Paul Beard's offerings at Resosummit. He seemed to be doing a very brisk business selling the Beard Legend cone and new cover plates. His new Model 27 based on Tut Taylor's old guitar is one fine instrument. I borrowed it while Paul upgraded my Tennessean and was very impressed.
Mike Witcher had a new Jerry Douglas Blackbird that was a sweet as could be, and the Beard Odyssey that Andy Hall tried out sounded fantastic (less so when I tried it, but I think there may be a talent difference at work there).
This is truly a golden age for resonator guitar. We are incredibly lucky to have people like Paul, Tim and others making their finest instruments right now.

Jerry Douglas: "King Silkie" in the Recording Studio

 

Just when I think I've seen every video of Jerry Douglas that exists online, I discover another one. This is a professionally made video which seems to accompany the EPK that Jerry released last year promoting his latest CD, Traveler.  It was shot in the studio when Jerry and the boys were recording "King Silkie," a fast moving bluegrass number.   Good closeups of The Flaming Hand. 

I don't know if there is a way to upload a video from Vimeo here, at least I can't figure it out, and I could not find this one on YouTube. 

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AKUS Featuring Jerry Douglas with Vince Gill

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Everything about this is perfect.

 

Jerry & Alison at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: "And Now For Something Completely Different"

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It was a three day weekend of many highlights at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass #13 two weeks ago in Golden Gate Park, and one of the highest of the highs was when Alison Krauss joined Jerry Douglas and band to sing four songs in what was some sweltering heat for San Francisco at the Banjo Stage, where we were set up on Friday and Saturday from 9 in the morning in full sun until we started getting some shade from the tall eucalyptus trees behind us at around 5 p.m.

Jerry gave us a couple of very obscure hints as to a Big Surprise during his set in weeks prior on the JDBB, and I have to say I was totally suprised when out walked Alison, since I was under the impression she was on the "disabled list" from her recent bout with some form of dysphonia affecting her vocal chords. It must have been the short version from which she had been ailing, because she didn't hold anything back.

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