Jerry Douglas 'Traveler' Album Features All-Star Cast of Musical Friends
Although he's a gifted multi-instrumentalist, Jerry Douglas has become world-renowned for his mastery of the resonator guitar a/k/a the Dobro. In fact, James Taylor told Guitar Player magazine that Jerry Douglas is "the Muhammad Ali of the Dobro." With friends like that, it's no wonder that a whole lot of other friends would hop on board Jerry's latest album, Traveler, lending vocal and instrumental support to the 11-song collection that's due for release on eOne Music June 26.
The liner notes for Traveler, the follow-up to his 2009 holiday collection, Jerry Christmas!, read like a who's who of popular American music, with guest vocals from Eric Clapton, Marc Cohn, Keb' Mo', Alison Krauss and Union Station, Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon. Also along for the ride: Sam Bush (harmony vocals and mandolin), Dr. John (piano), Béla Fleck (banjo), Omar Hakim (drums), Viktor Krauss (bass) and Del McCoury (harmony vocals), among others.
"This record is the culmination of a long career spent making friends and lending my sound to theirs," says the three-time CMA and 11-time ACM Musician of the Year. "This time my friends have come on board to lend their voices to me."
Recorded in Nashville, New Orleans, New York and Banbury, U.K., the album spotlights versions of Paul Simon classics "The Boxer" and "American Tune." In addition to four original instrumental tunes from Jerry, he also offers up his first solo lead vocal on record for a rendition of Leadbelly's "On a Monday," (a prison tune Johnny Cash later reworked as "I Got