May 28 HAPPY BIRTHDAY “Jerry” Douglas

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Gerald Calvin “Jerry” Douglas (born May 28, 1956 in Warren, Ohio) is an American resonator guitar and lap steel player and record producer.
In addition to his fourteen solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums. As a sideman, he has recorded with artists Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phish, Dolly Parton, Susan Ashton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb’ Mo’, Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, Tommy Emmanuel, and Johnny Mathis, as well as performing on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He has collaborated with various groups including The Whites, J.D. Crowe and the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Strength in Numbers, and Elvis Costello’s “Sugar Canes”.
Douglas produced a number of records, including some at Sugar Hill Records. He oversaw albums by Alison Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O’Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Earls of Leicester, The Steep Canyon Rangers. Along with Aly Bain, he serves as Music Director of the popular BBC Television series, “Transatlantic Sessions”.
Since 1998, Douglas has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station which features Jerry Douglas, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum-selling albums. When not on the road with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Douglas tours in support of his extensive body of work with his bands The Jerry Douglas Band and The Earls of Leicester following the continued success of their 2014 release The Earls of Leicester and 2015’s Rattle and Roar.
As of 2017, Douglas has been nominated for thirty-one Grammy Awards and has won fourteen Grammys. He has received the Country Music Association’s ‘Musician of the Year’ award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007. Douglas is a 10-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association (“IBMA”) Dobro Player of the Year Award. In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Douglas a National Heritage Fellowship, which is the United States’ highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
Jerry Douglas playing one of his resonator guitars Douglas was named Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008. Douglas was honored at the 36th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado for his twenty-fifth consecutive year playing in and at the festival.
Douglas received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas, Texas, on October 15, 2016. The award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.
The Americana Music Association honored Jerry Douglas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Douglas received the key to the city of Manchester, Tennessee as well as to Coffee County during a performance at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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