Just give him the Grammy.
Jerry Douglas, the world renowned dobro player who has accompanied about every musician on the face of the Earth, ups his game on the brilliant and moving Glide.
More about the emotional center rather than the intricate mechanics employed by a string-bending wizard such as Douglas, Glidemakes its mark with substance and consistency. He never lets his elevated instrumental guard down from the opener, "Bounce," through the album’s riveting closing track, "Pushed Too Far," and even travels down to N’awlins on the brassy marvel "Sway." In between, Douglas struts and swings to the title track, which wouldn’t be out of place on any film soundtrack, and the humming "A Marriage Made in Hollywood," with vocal duties by country outlaw Travis Tritt.
It’s to Douglas’ credit that artists request to play alongside the master, and he takes full advantage, employing Rodney Crowell, Carmella Ramsey and Tony Rice on the shape shifting "A Long Hard Road." There are many compositions that stand out, but "Route Irish" and "Sway" seem to capture the imagination as Douglas switches from dobro to lap steel guitar.
A true masterwork from an American original, Glide celebrates the creative maverick inside Jerry Douglas, and it is sure to transcend the test of time.
Glide is out now on Koch Records.