Friday, May 11, 2012

Preview: Traveler - Jerry Douglas with Guests Allison Krauss, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Dr. John and Mumford & Sons

Artist: Jerry Douglas
Title: Traveler
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Label: eOne Music
Format(s): CD, DD

Dobro legend Jerry Douglas, who is a regular fixture in Alison Krauss' band Union Station, is releasing his new solo album Traveler on June 26 via eOne Music.

Joining him on the album are Krauss and the band, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Paul Simon, Mumford and Sons, Marc Cohn, Dr. John, Del McCoury, Sam Bush and more.

Recorded in Nashville, New Orleans, New York and Banbury, U.K., Traveler was produced by Russ Titelman. Songs include versions of Paul Simon’s The Boxer and American Tune, as well as several original tunes from Douglas (So Here We Are, Duke and Cookie, Gone to Fortingall and King Silkie). Of special note is Douglas’ rendition of the Leadbelly classic On A Monday, which marks his lead vocal debut. “For the first time in my career,” says Douglas, “I found myself ready to step completely out of my comfort zone to begin a solo recording project with a producer. Giving someone else the controls of a personal endeavor to allow myself the freedom to focus entirely on what I would want to play in this new situation was something I had never allowed myself. This record is the culmination of a long career spent making friends and lending my sound to theirs. This time my friends have come onboard to lend their voices to me.”

Internationally recognized as the world’s most renowned Dobro player, Douglas ranks among the top contemporary artists in American music. Douglas has garnered thirteen Grammy Awards while holding the distinction of being named “Musician of the Year” by The Country Music Association (2002, 2005, 2007), The Academy of Country Music (11 times), and The Americana Music Association (2002, 2003), 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, acknowledging his artistic excellence and contribution to the nation's traditional arts, their highest such accolade.

In addition to his groundbreaking work as a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Boone Creek, Strength in Numbers, Elvis Costello’s Sugarcanes, and others, Douglas has graced over 2,000 recordings by such distinguished artists as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello, Garth Brooks, Charlie Haden, Earl Scruggs, Phish, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, The Chieftains, and the eight million-plus selling soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Track List:
  • On A Monday
  • Something You Got featuring Eric Clapton
  • So Here We Are
  • The Boxer featuring Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon
  • Duke And Cookie
  • High Blood Pressure featuring Keb’ Mo’
  • Gone To Fortingall
  • Right On Time featuring Marc Cohn
  • American Tune/Spain
  • Frozen Fields featuring Alison Krauss and Union Station
  • King Silkie

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