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Jerry Douglas sets tour dates

Thursday, November 5, 2009 – Dobro master Jerry Douglas will tour with guitarist John Oates and vocalist Maura O'Connell as they perform songs from Douglas' debut holiday album, "Jerry Christmas!" The eight-date tour starts Dec. 5 in Newberry, S.C. and ends Dec. 13 in Annapolis, Md.

The CD features Douglas's interpretations of Christmas carols, traditional folk tunes, and modern seasonal songs. Fellow musicians Todd Parks, Guthrie Trapp, Luke Bulla, and Doug participated, while Maura O'Connell sang New Years Eve.

Tour dates are:

Saturday, Dec. 5 - Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC

Sunday, Dec. 6 - Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC

Monday, Dec. 7 - Birchmere in Alexandria, VA

Tuesday, Dec. 8 - Fairfield Theater in Fairfield, CT

Thursday, Dec. 10 - Foxboro Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA

Friday, Dec. 11 - The Egg in Albany, NY

Saturday, Dec. 12 - Highline Ballroom in New York City

Sunday, Dec. 13 - Ram's Head in Annapolis, MD

At the Foxboro Showcase, Aoife O'Donovan from Crooked Still will join the group, and O'Connell will not perform.

"The thought of recording a Christmas project has been with me for some time, though I held the idea as a disquieting prospect. After all, these melodies have become established perennials due to the fact they are great songs; to do them disservice would be, to me, unforgivable," Douglas said. "I have tried being faithful to the original versions of these classics precisely because the melodies are so special. My instrument lends itself well, in an emotional sense, to performance of these treasures, allowing me to offer my interpretations of works I have heard sung by such definitive artists as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Burl Ives."

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