Fishman Artist // Jerry DouglasCalled “dobro’s matchless contemporary master,” by The New York Times and lauded as “my favorite musician” by no less than rock legend John Fogerty, Jerry Douglas could have been a musical innovator on any number of instruments. However, as a teenager, Douglas adopted the then relatively obscure and unexplored Dobro, and that decision has helped him carve out a unique place in American music.
In addition to his twelve solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1600 albums. As a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Phish, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, and Johnny Mathis, as well as performing on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He has been part of such notable groups as The Whites, J. D. Crowe and the New South, The Country Gentlemen, and Strength in Numbers.
As a producer, he has overseen albums by Alison Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Along with Aly Bain, he serves as Music Director of the popular BBC Television series, "Transatlantic Sessions". Since 1998, Douglas has been a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum-selling albums. When not on the road with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Douglas tours with his band in support of his extensive body of work.
By discovering the capabilities of this expressive instrument during a period of intense creativity in acoustic music, Jerry Douglas has wielded incalculable influence on bluegrass and its many related genres. His transcendent technique and passionate musicality have helped him net twelve Grammy Awards, three CMA awards and more than fifteen International Bluegrass Music Association awards.