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Jerry Douglas
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Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas (born 19??) has been described as the Jimi Hendrix and the Charlie Parker of acoustic music. The New York Times has called him "dobro's matchless contemporary master." He has won five Grammy Awards, several Grammy Acknowledgments, and countless specialized awards. Though he got his start in bluegrass, he has made an impact in fields ranging from rock'n'roll to jazz, from blues to Celtic, from mainstream country to contemporary classical.

Douglas' legacy is multi-faceted with him having been a member of such bands as Alison Krauss & Union Station;, The Whites, J.D. Crowe & the New South;, the Country Gentlemen and Strength in Numbers. Having played on more than 1000 albums, he has defined the sounds of many diverse recordings including discs released by Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Reba McEntire and Ray Charles to name just a few.

At the producer's helm, Douglas has used his warm analog sounds for albums by Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester, the Nashville Bluegrass Band and the Del McCoury Band, while having a major hand in shaping such recordings such as Ricky Skaggs' "Don't Get Above Your Raising," Emmylou Harris' "Roses in the Snow," and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack.

In addition, he is a bandleader in his own right and composer and soloist on some of the finest instrumental recordings of the past quarter century. Those recordings have ranged from sparkling, traditional bluegrass to rule-bending improvisation.