Thursday, October 2, 2008
– The stars came out once again for Dobro ace Jerry Douglas, who finished his residency at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood appearing. Earlier shows included appearances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Travis Tritt, Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and Guy Clark.
Also appearing on Tuesday were bluegrasser John Cowan, guitarist Russ Barenberg and singer Maura O'Connell.
According to a review by Michael McCall, Douglas told a story before his next guest came on stage. "This guy is the first guy I called when I started putting these shows together," he said. "I thought, 'Why not just shoot the moon, start out high, go ahead and call somebody, they'll say no.' So I called, and he said, 'I'm there, I'll do that, I'd love to do that. But first I have to do this thing with Billy Joel.'"
"Brooks walked out wearing jeans and a blue Kansas City Royals baseball hat. With Cowan still on stage to sing harmonies, Brooks tore into "Don't Cross the River," a song by country-rockers America that Brooks covered on his album "Scarecrow." Before he reached the chorus, Yearwood walked out unannounced to join in.
"This is not a two-for-one," Douglas quipped, referring to the famous husband and wife standing beside him. "You might think that, but it's not. I talked to them separately." Yearwood confirmed, nodding toward Brooks and joking, "I didn't know he was going to be here tonight!"
Yearwood sang her hit Walkaway Joe. Yearwood sang The Nightingale per Douglas' asking. Brooks and Cowan then returned for Callin' Baton Rouge, a Brooks hit first recorded by Cowan and New Grass Revival.