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Dobro wizard Jerry Douglas is well aware that less is more, that lyrical lines and harmonies can take a tune to the farthest shores. As a collaborator, he has brought out the best in fellow "newgrass" innovators from Sam Bush to Bela Fleck to Russ Barenberg, and, luckily, Douglas also knows when to let his slide take center stage. On his first solo album in six years, the Resophonic monster--rightly nicknamed "Flux"--ranges from breakdowns to bouncing blues to the exquisite longing of his own "For Those Who've Gone Clear." As always, he brings his instrument's vocal ability to the fore--take the great stoner song "Turkish Taffee" or the wide-open "TV Doctor," on which John Cowan contributes a surprisingly bombast-free vocal. And his interplay with Maura O'Connell on Paul Brady's "Follow On" is a classic bit of shivery Celtic eloquence. --Kerry Fried

1. Things In Life
2. Turkish Taffee
3. Passing The Bar
4. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
5. A Tribute To Peador O'Donnell
6. Takarasaka
7. Follow On
8. Like It Is
9. The Ride
10. TV Doctor
11. For Those Who've Gone Clear

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B000005ZB9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Morrow, Jr. on February 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Some may find "Restless On the Farm" too diverse for their taste but I find that it is a perfect amalgam of Douglas' main musical interests - bluegrass, country, folk, blues, Middle Eastern (Jerry traveled in Turkey in the past and his love of exotic eastern rhythms and chords has sown up on several of his albums, including cut 2 here), Celtic, with touches of jazz and a nod to rootsy rock rhythms. He has been so busy producing others and serving as an A List sideman to everyone else that this is his first full blown effort in a while. As usual, he assembles an incomparable host of diverse singers and instrumentalists named in previous reviews. Listen to Tim O'Brien kick off the album with scorching bluegrass or Steve Earle take the Johnny Cash standard "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" into the late 1990s with the addition of a contemporary verse from present day mean streets (with beautiful, melancholy minor chord changes from Douglas) or the lovely lilt of Maura O'Connell or the blue-eyed soul of John Cowan. For all of the above brilliance, my heart stops at "Tribute To Peador O'Donnell," a stunning Celtic solo that was so good it was recently transcribed in Acoustic Musician magazine. That tune alone is worth the price of admission.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mendelson (donnam@epix.net) on June 1, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Jerry Douglas's latest CD, "Restless on the Farm," does seem to come out of a musical restlessness. Known for his dobro (i.e. resophonic lap guitar) virtuosity, regularly appearing at important music festivals alongside the very best instrumentalists of New Acoustic music, hired by half the recording artists needing top-notch dobro accompaniment, and occasionally putting out his own album, Douglas has performed, to my knowledge, on no other kind of guitar. Here, though, he's stretched his nimble wings, playing in several cuts on lap steel and Weissenborn guitars, as well as dobro. The sound is varied, using the sweetness of the Weissenborn to good effect, and playing a surprisingly likable growly lap steel. For those who still think of dobro as only a bluegrass or country appendage, soft-spoken Jerry's here to say "Open your ears! We do it all!" He gives us rock-ish sounds (half the cuts use drums), a Johnny Winter blues tune, an Errol Garner swing number, and a nouveau-classical duet with Bela Fleck. But all you die-hard fans of Douglas's otherwise uncubbyholable New Acoustic sound which he and his other instrumental virtuoso-buddies have been developing for the last decade or two needn't fret: this is no radical departure and the sound we love is well represented here. In fact, many of those very New Acoustic virtuosos appear: Fleck on (what else?) banjo, Russ Barenberg on guitar, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Sam Bush on mandolins, with fine additions by such relative newcomers as Bryan Sutton (guitar) and John Gardner (drums). Another extension of Douglas's offerings this time out is vocals, not his, but those of Tim O'Brien, Steve Earl, John Cowan, and Maura O'Connell. Most of the pieces are instrumentals, though, mostly his own compositions.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slower Lower on February 21, 2005
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As a big Jerry Douglas fan this is one of my favorites. It is one of the more diverse and accessable collections of songs and musicianship. The guest artists, including Steve Earle on Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" or Maura O'Connell on Paul Brady's "Follow On" might be worth the price of admission right there. As for the usual ecclectic raw talent of Jerry himself nothing compares to "Turkish Taffee" and "Passing the Bar".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2000
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I loved this record. I purchased it after hearing Jerry Douglas on "Skip, Hop, and Wobble" and I couldn't have been more pleased. My favorite track is #6 - "Takarasaka" which is an instrumental featuring Jerry on the Weissenborn guitar and Edgar Meyer on bass. I could listen to a whole record of those kinds of tunes!
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