Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Out and About - Jerry Douglas at Hugh’s July 2019

Jerry Douglas said at one point that he doesn't often play small clubs - but added that he was having a lot of fun with this gig.  It was a rare treat to hear him sing a couple of tunes (he plays a Mississippi John Hurt tune at the start of the video clip) and for myself, it was quite a surprise to see him using a looper (sparingly!).  If those hard core traditionalists see Jerry Douglas using a looper maybe that will encourage them to join the rest of us in the 21st century (though it's always nice to play a guitar that's nearly a hundred years old). The list of people he's played with is a virtual who's who but one he mentioned was Allison Krauss - who he has worked with a lot.  The peppy song-before-last on the video is one he wrote " encourage Allison to play more fiddle".  That sounds like a good idea because when I saw Allison at the Jazz Festival, she didn't play very much fiddle...or bluegrass, for that matter.  I'm not complaining, it was a beautiful show.  So glad I got to see Jerry in a solo, intimate setting like this.  He is the slidemeister.