Friday, April 25, 2014
Jerry Douglas performs with Mumford recently
By Ray Routhier firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jerry Douglas has fashioned a nearly 40-year music career that defies easy categorization.
WHERE: Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 471 Stroudwater Road
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
HOW MUCH: $40
IN ADDITION TO recording as a solo artist and as a member of various bands, Jerry Douglas has played as a session musician on hundreds of albums. Here's a brief sampling of other artists' work on which he appears:
2012: "Babel" by Mumford & Sons
2010: "Let It Be Me" by Johnny Mathis
2009: "Some Assembly Required" by Assembly of Dust
2007: "It's Not Big It's Large" by Lyle Lovett
2006: "Like Red on a Rose" by Alan Jackson
2005: "My Very Special Guests" by George Jones
2004: "Deja Vu All Over Again" by John Fogerty
2003: "Red Dirt Road" by Brooks & Dunn
2000: "Farmhouse" by Phish
1997: "Behind the Eyes" by Amy Grant
1994: "Picture Perfect Morning" by Edie Brickell
1994: "Take Me As I Am" by Faith Hill
1992: "Play Me Backwards" by Joan Baez
1991: "New Moon Shine" by James Taylor
1991: "Ropin' the Wind" by Garth Brooks
1990: "The Rhythm of the Saints" by Paul Simon
1989: "White Limozeen" by Dolly Parton
1988: "Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle
1988: "Portrait" by Doc Watson
1984: "Friendship" by Ray Charles
Douglas knows first-hand the influence an older musician can have on a younger one. In his case it was his father, a guitar player from West Virginia who moved to the Youngstown, Ohio, area to work in the steel mills.
Although he worked in the mill by day, Douglas' father had a fairly successful band by night and on weekends. The house was always filled with old country and bluegrass music.
"He wouldn't let me play his guitar, so he got me one from Sears. But by the time I was 10 or so, I was playing the dobro," said Douglas.
Douglas saw many country music stars of the day -- Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb, George Jones -- who played near his home. He also listened to rock stations out of Cleveland, and says he's glad he has a variety of musical styles in his background. It's certainly helped him with all the different styles of music he's played as a session musician over they years.
"I'm glad I have the bluegrass background, because it's a very physical music with a lot of improvisation," said Douglas. "So it's easier to go from bluegrass into rock than the other way around."
As soon as he graduated high school, Douglas left home to play in other people's bands -- first in Washington, D.C., then in Kentucky, and finally, in Nashville.
He sometimes regrets about not having a college education. But he realizes the road he's followed was the right one for him.
"I knew I was a good enough musician to do this," he said, "and I just followed my gut on every musical move I've made."
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