Black Music Matters Festival

Brooks, Yearwood help Jerry Douglas end Hall of Fame residency

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.

More news for Jerry Douglas

CD reviews for Jerry Douglas

Traveler CD review - Traveler
The resophonic guitar is certainly not exclusive to bluegrass - it's the least used of the six common bluegrass instruments - but to many people it's a Dobro© and it elicits a bluegrass connection. Mention Jerry Douglas' name and many who recognize him think of the multitude of great bluegrass associations he's had through the years, including many years with Union Station. If you've had the pleasure of listening to his CDs, though, you know his solo recordings »»»
Southern Filibuster: a Tribute to Tut Taylor CD review - Southern Filibuster: a Tribute to Tut Taylor
When a Dobro compilation tribute in honor of Tut Taylor is produced by Jerry Douglas, and the artist names range from Ickes to Auldridge, and Kohrs to Cashdollar to Leadbetter (and more), one suspects a winner. This is. Mostly bluegrass, there are strains of jazz licks to hints of rock 'n roll. The artists were diverse, but it was somewhat of a surprise that each cut was written by Taylor; serious diversity from a traditional artist. From Dobro players of this caliber, »»»
Jerry Christmas CD review - Jerry Christmas
There aren't many holiday albums from Dobro players out there on the market. But Jerry Douglas is about the best Dobro player in the business, so you likely only need this solitary one. These 12 songs are of the acoustic variety and mostly instrumental. However, the lovely Irish songstress, Maura O'Connell, lends her beautiful voice to New Year's Eve, and Douglas adds his "scary" vocal to a slightly dark interpretation of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. »»»