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With Traveler, Jerry has finally recorded an album that will even further elevate his already impressive stature from super-sideman to a bona fide front-rank creator of musical Americana. Produced by Russ Titelman (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, etc.), and recorded in New Orleans, Nashville, and London, this ambitious collection of vocals and instrumentals enlists a truly awesome cast of characters in support of an epic vision that combines Country/Bluegrass, R&B, and even a ballad with roots in the British Isles (Paul Simons The Boxer performed with Mumford & Sons and the song s composer.) Other highlights include two New Orleans classics--- Something You Got, with vocals and guitar by Eric Clapton; and High Blood Pressure, with vocals by Keb Mo and a gang of the Crescent City s finest including Dr. John.
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Unfortunately, his solo work hasn't always seemed to quite live up to his collaborations or even backing performances. I am not entirely sure why: song selection, perhaps.
Traveler, though, is a star studded tour de force. You want star power? How you likin' Eric Clapton, Mumford & Sons, Paul Simon, Allison Krauss, along w old buddies Sam & Bela, to name a few? The music has a tremendous amount of variety, with a heavy emphasis on the blues, from the slow blues of "on a Monday" (featuring a rare lead vocal by Jerry), the crunchy rock of So Here We Are, smooth slow blues w Marc Cohn, Delta blues of Keb Mo w High Blood Pressure, slow blues of Something You Got w Clapton. Duke & Cookie 1st appeared on the aforementioned Telluride Sessions, & reunites JD w co-writer Sam Bush, while fellow SiN member Bela Fleck shines on Gone to Fortingill. King Silkie is straight ahead bluegrass. Although nothing can outshine the original, The Boxer featuring Mumford & Sons almost equals it, which is saying quite a lot. Paul Simon is listed as being featured on this song, but I'll be damned if I can even pick him out in the mix, about my only quibble. American Tune & Spain are both favorites of mine in their original versions, & they sound wonderful put together with Jerry's plaintive dobro.
In short, there isn't a clinker in the bunch, and there is more than enough star power & variety to appeal to a wide range of tastes.
This latest recording by the Nashville master of slide/dobro is a great example of the power of synergy (the whole being greater than the parts). All too often these days great artist's enlist headliner names but to no real synergistic effect. This time it works beautifully to fill out and compliment Jerry's amazing skills, and support him in a wide variety of styles. What delights me most is hearing him branch out from his usual dobro sound to include lots of lap steel slide playing, as well as acoustic slide guitar. The result is each track is different - often more Blues than Bluegrass - and great!
On A Monday - An upbeat bluesy number leads off, letting us know we are in for something different (Jerry doing a good job on lead vocals and acoustic slide guitar).
Something You Got - A slow (Chicago style) bluesy number with nice vocals from Eric Clapton and nice alternating leads (Jerry's lap steel slide playing is superb!). I'm usually luke-warm about Clapton, but not this time.
So Here We Are - My favorite track - a rocking instrumental original with Jerry's lap steel sounding really strong and sweet (more like a Sonny Landreth or Tony Furtado or Derek Trucks than what we'd expect from Jerry).
The Boxer - A great song, well covered with great vocals and a wide variety of instrumentation by Marcus Mumford, and Jerry's distinctive dobro on a plaintive lead....
Duke and Cookie - The late '80's Strength In Numbers New-grass classic revisited here with Jerry and Sam Bush in a hot, stripped down dobro/mandolin duet.Read more ›
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A great album that showcases Jerry Douglas's skills as the preeminent dobro player. There are some special guests that sweeten the pot.Published 3 months ago by Thresher Klier
My first Jerry Douglas disc and I'm thoroughly satisfied with the purchase. Just pop it in, press play, and enjoy you won't be sorry!Published 9 months ago by kunmanz
Great price,Great product,Great service. I would buy from this seller again.Published 15 months ago by 420rus
This is unquestionably an excellent album with superb musicianship, but here’s the thing... when I listen to an album by an artist as jaw-droppingly awesome as Jerry Douglas I want... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nomad
Wow! As good as Glide. Douglas is one our time's great musicians and it shows in who plays with him.Published 24 months ago by Hal Salwasser