JERRY DOUGLAS INTERVIEW #1
(Originally aired on September 30, 2010)
No one has done more than Jerry Douglas to bring the singing, snarling sound of the resonator guitar from the back porch to the concert stage. With his spellbinding technique and staggering musical imagination, Douglas ranks as one of the greatest guitarists of our time. His work as a solo artist, studio musician, and as the featured soloist with Alison Krauss and Union Station has put him at the forefront of acoustic music. Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums and has added his magic touch to music by Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Phish, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs and J.D. Crowe and the New South. Douglas has released 12 solo albums, each an inspiring mix of soaring melody and fiery riffage.
Douglas is also a producer and 2010 project is a stunning tribute to Tut Taylor, one of the key links in the Dobro lineage that leads from Douglas to Mike Auldridge and back to the original pioneers, Josh Graves and Bashful Brother Oswald. The album, Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor, features 14 contemporary Dobro players each performing a tune composed by Taylor. It's an artistic tour de force and a milestone in the evolution of the resonator guitar. On the album, Douglas is joined by Mike Auldridge, Rob Ickes, Cindy Cashdollar, Andy Hall, Randy Kohrs, Megan Lovell, Phil Leadbetter and other superb reso players.
In our exclusive interview, Douglas describes recording Southern Filibuster and takes us behind the scenes of this exciting project. We'll also hear selections from the record.