Wow! So excited and honored to share this year’s International Bluegrass Music Award nominations with you. The Earls swept again scoring 8 total nominations (tying with our friends Balsam Range). The conference, award show and music festival will be held in beautiful Raleigh, NC this year, get your tickets if you want to attend! More info at IBMA.org
Led by 14-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jerry Douglas, The Jerry Douglas Band will release their debut album, What If, on August 18th. The new project merges jazz with bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul on eleven tracks filled with bold arrangements and unexpected elements. One such song is Douglas’ rendering of Tom Waits’ “2:19.” A funky revelation, the song drips with soul courtesy of some dynamic horn-work and Douglas’ bluesy vocals. Stream the exclusive premiere of “2:19” below then read on to see what Douglas had to say about the track and the making of What If.
(Click above to read the full article and hear the song!)
Jerry Douglas is one of the few masters of the Dobro guitar alive today and he knows how to make it ‘sing.’. He has performed on over 1600 albums of many different genre of music since he started playing professionally at the age of 14. His first major gig was with the Country Gentlemen in 1973. Jerry has performed with some of the most famous entertainers in the world from Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Sting, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, Phish, Ricky Scaggs, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, and Johnny Mathis to name a few. AXS was able to do a telephone interview with Jerry and here are the highlights.
Read more of this interview with Jerry HERE
Click the photo above to get 3 FREE tracks!
“Cavebop”–off the new The Jerry Douglas Band album (out August 18th, preorder: http://found.ee/JDStore). “…a ‘Flintstones’ rumble, with Fred in the driver’s seat and Charlie Parker as his passenger.”
“The Wild Rumpus”–When my daughters were small, I would read the book “Where The Wild Things Are” to them at bedtime. I later found out it’s not a bedtime story. I invited the author Maurice Sendak to my shows whenever I was in his town. He never came. Therapy is ongoing.
“Takarasaka”–I wrote Takarazaka after a tour in Japan a few years ago. I was invited to stay at a friends house in the city of the same name. My friend explained to me that the origin of the name could be used either for beautiful mountain village, or Village idiot. I prefer the former.
FULL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/gkNa4OaBCcM
VIDEO PREMIERE: “Cavebop” – The first track off the new The Jerry Douglas Band album ‘What If’ – available everywhere August 18th…a ‘Flintstones’ rumble, with Fred in the driver’s seat and Charlie Parker as his passenger.
Pre-order ‘What If’ now:
JD Store: http://found.ee/JDStore
iTunes/Apple Music: http://found.ee/JDBApple
Album out June 2nd, read more here.
Transatlantic Sessions USA
Transatlantic Sessions USA
Announcing the first time multi-city tour of America by the much beloved Transatlantic Sessions. Originating as a Pelicula/BBC Scotland television series and having enjoyed several celebrated tours through the British Isles, Transatlantic Sessions continues to forge new ground while revisiting shared roots between today’s finest Celtic and American musicians.
Music Directors Jerry Douglas and Shetland fiddler legend, Aly Bain will lead their noble band up the American east coast on this first time, multi-city U.S. tour. The stellar backing line-up is comprised of Bain, Phil Cunningham, James Mackintosh, John McCusker, and Donald Shaw representing bonny Scotland, Englishmen Danny Thompson and Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle from Ireland, and Americans Douglas and Russ Barenberg.
The Sessions will host special guests in each city on the tour so check out the listings below.
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May 1st, 2017— The Birchmere, Alexandria, VApecial guests
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May 2nd, 2017— The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
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May 4th, 2017— The Town Hall, New York, New York
John Paul White
Mary Chapin Carpenter
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