by Jerry Douglas
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Jerry Douglas is the undisputed King of the Dobro, a musician with monster chops. He cut his teeth playing bluegrass with the Country Gentlemen, but he's equally adept at almost any kind of music and has played with the top jazz, pop, and country artists for almost 40 years. Traveler is another eclectic outing from an artist who refuses to be pigeonholed, and features Douglas kicking up his heels with a bunch of A-list friends including Eric Clapton, Alison Krauss, Dr. John, and Paul Simon. Douglas tries his hand at funky New Orleans R&B on Huey "Piano" Smith's "High Blood Pressure," with Keb' Mo' on lead vocals and Dr. John tickling the ivories. Douglas plays some greasy lap steel licks and Sarah Buxton adds Raelettes-like vocal harmonies. Douglas opens Leadbelly's "On a Monday" with his slippery, bluesy slide guitar work and adds credible lead vocals, but it's his stinging slide that carries the tune home. Alison Krauss & Union Station guest on "Frozen Fields," a track with Krauss delivering her usual luminous vocals while Douglas plays some laid-back acoustic guitar fills. He's more adventurous on the album's lively instrumentals. "King Silkie," co-written with Union Station guitarist Dan Tyminski, is a blazing hybrid of bluegrass and acoustic rock with Douglas smoking on Dobro in the company of Sam Bush on mandolin, Tyminski on guitar, and Charlie Cushman on banjo. Douglas turns jazzy on a medley of "American Tune/Spain," the latter a Chick Corea standard that incorporates elements of Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez." Douglas layers up several Dobro tracks and incorporates the flavors and feel of flamenco into his free-flowing improvisations. Douglas blends the sounds of Celtic folk and hints of classical Indian music on "Gone to Fortingall." Béla Fleck's inventive banjo and Viktor Krauss' drumming provide sympathetic backup.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923212829
catalogNumber: 2128
Rank: 60573

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Primary Artist,Dobro,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss   Violin,Vocals
Del McCoury   Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Marc Cohn   Vocals
Dr. John   Piano
Paul Simon   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bells
Omar Hakim   Percussion,Drums
David Torkanowsky   Hammond B3
Barry Bales   Bass
Ron Block   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Bub   Bass
Luke Bulla   Fiddle
Eric Clapton   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jon Cleary   Piano,Electric Guitar,fender rhodes
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Viktor Krauss   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Shannon Powell   Drums
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar
Keb' Mo'   Vocals
Wendell Brunious   Trumpet
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Matt Perrine   Bass
Aaron Fletcher   Saxophone
Jeff Taylor   Accordion,Harmonium
Washboard Chaz   Washboard
Marcus Mumford   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Ted Dwane   Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Winston Marshall   Banjo,Vocals
Ben Lovett   Percussion,Piano,Harmonium,Vocals
Sarah Buston   Vocal Harmony
Rex Leary   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Composer
Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Sam Bush   Composer
Anderson   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Omar Hakim   Composer
Mark Bingham   Engineer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Viktor Krauss   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Kevin Porter   Engineer
Mike Shipley   Engineer
Justin Stanley   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Dan Tyminski   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Jeff Black   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Jon Randall Stewart   Composer
Alison Krauss & Union Station   Producer
Bart Migal   Engineer
Matt Lawrence   Engineer
Shawn Hall   Engineer
Spencer Walts   Logo Design
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction
Huey P. Smith   Composer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Robertson Stokes   Engineer

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Traveler 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Plays like Yo Yo Ma plays cello. Nice guy too.