The Jerry Douglas Band performed a memorable and exciting headlining show at the Troubadour on November 13 as part of their current national U.S. tour in support of the group’s latest album, What If on Rounder Records.
The show offered up satisfying night of great music, excellent musicianship, virtuosity and wonderful, fun storytelling and humor that had the capacity audience smiling and laughing throughout. Concertgoers were charmed and entertained by the 14-time GRAMMY award-winning and three-time Country Music Association Music of the Year-winning Jerry Douglas, who, despite his fame, remains incredibly down-to-earth and as real as can be. Douglas is a talented singer and renowned for his dobro and lap steel guitar playing. He also has a gift for gab along with his quick wit that made his onstage banter a hard act for any musician to follow in his wake. Jerry Douglas is one funny guy and his everyday observations are priceless.
The music itself weaves a rich tapestry of sounds together and melds genres such as bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock and soul seamlessly. Breaking down categorization and bending sounds turns the music successfully on its head in a most intriguing way. The expansive set list combined vocal-driven material as well as instrumentals. The instrumentals gave all of the stellar musicians a chance to play in a captivating free form way, and featured interesting jams which allowed the band members to stretch out and show off their chops. The performances that stayed within the structured parameters of the arrangements were none less riveting and aurally enticing. Definitely a feast for the eyes and ears.
The Jerry Douglas Band is:
Daniel Kimbro − bass, strings
Doug Belote − drums
Christian Sedelmyer − violin, strings
Mike Seal − guitar
Jamel Mitchell − saxophone
Vance Thompson − trumpet
Jerry Douglas − Dobro, lap steel, lead vocals