Jerry Douglas

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Jerry Douglas
Jerry Douglas on scene.jpg
Background information
Birth name Gerald Calvin Douglas
Born (1956-05-28) May 28, 1956 (age 59)
Warren, Ohio, United States
Instruments Dobro, resonator guitar, lap steel, guitar, banjo
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Earls of Leicester
Website Official website

Gerald Calvin "Jerry" Douglas (born May 28, 1956 in Warren, Ohio, United States) is an American resonator guitar and lap steel player and record producer. He has been nicknamed 'Flux'.[1]


In addition to his thirteen solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums.[2] As a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phish, Dolly Parton, Susan Ashton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', 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, New South, The Country Gentlemen, Strength in Numbers, and Elvis Costello's "Sugar Canes".

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 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.

Jerry Douglas appeared with Vince Gill on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004 ("Oklahoma Borderline" and "What the Cowgirls Do").

Douglas also made a cameo in the third "United Breaks Guitars" consumer protest video, all of which went viral.

Douglas lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Jill. The couple have two children together and two children from previous marriages.


Douglas has received fourteen Grammy Awards and has won the Country Music Association's 'Musician of the Year' award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007.

In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Douglas a National Heritage Fellowship.[3]

Jerry Douglas playing one of his resonator guitars

Douglas was named Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

Douglas was honored at the 36th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado for his twenty-fifth consecutive year playing in and at the festival.

The Americana Music Association honored Jerry Douglas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.[4]

Douglas received the key to the city of Manchester,Tennessee during a performance at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival.[5]


Solo recordings[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US US Heat US Indie US New Age
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: Rounder Records
Under the Wire
Changing Channels
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: MCA Records
Everything Is Gonna Work Out Fine
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Rounder Records
Plant Early
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: MCA Records
Slide Rule
Restless on the Farm
  • Release date: May 19, 1998
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Lookout for Hope
  • Release date: May 7, 2002
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
10 5
The Best Kept Secret
  • Release date: September 20, 2005
  • Label: Koch
Best of the Sugar Hill Years
  • Release date: March 13, 2007
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Release date: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Koch
4 69
Jerry Christmas
  • Release date: October 13, 2009
  • Label: eOne
  • Release date: June 26, 2012
  • Label: eOne
1 168 3 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other recordings[edit]

  • Remembrances and Forecasts 1974 as The Country Gentlemen
  • J.D. Crowe & The New South 1975 as J. D. Crowe & the New South
  • Holiday In Japan 1975 as J. D. Crowe & the New South
  • New South Live 1975 as J. D. Crowe & the New South
  • Boone Creek 1977 as Boone Creek
  • One Way Track 1977 as Boone Creek
  • That Down Home Feeling 1977 as Buck White & Down Home Folks
  • Buck and Family Live 1979 as Buck White & Down Home Folks
  • More Pretty Girls Than One 1979 as Buck White & Down Home Folks
  • Bluegrass Album Vol.3: California Connection 1983 as Bluegrass Album Band
  • Snakes Alive 1984 as Dreadful Snakes
  • Bluegrass Album Vol.4 1985 as Bluegrass Album Band
  • High Country Snow 1985 Dan Fogelberg
  • Bluegrass Album Vol.5: Sweet Sunny South 1989 as Bluegrass Album Band
  • The Telluride Sessions 1989 as Strength in Numbers
  • Will the Circle be Unbroken Vol. 2 1990 with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Skip, Hop & Wobble 1993 as Barenberg, Douglas & Meyer
  • The Great Dobro Sessions 1994 as Jerry Douglas and various artists
  • Far From Enough 1994 with Viktor Krauss
  • Bluegrass Album Vol.6: Bluegrass Instrumentals 1996 as Bluegrass Album Band
  • Bourbon & Rosewater 1996 as Bhatt, Douglas & Meyer
  • Yonder 1996 with Peter Rowan
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 with Alison Krauss, The Whites, as Soggy Bottom Boys
  • Deja Vu (All Over Again) 2004 with John Fogerty
  • Secret, Profane, & Sugarcane 2009 with Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes
  • "Southern Filibuster: The Songs of Tut Taylor" 2010
  • "Rounder Records" 40th Anniversary Concert 2010 as Jerry Douglas with Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • "Get Low" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2010 as Jerry Douglas
  • "The Boxer", with Paul Simon and Mumford & Sons on the latter's album "Babel" (released September 2012)
  • The Earls of Leicester 2014 with Shawn Camp, Tim O'Brien, Johnny Warren, Barry Bales and Charlie Cushman
  • Three Bells 2014 with Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes

With Alison Krauss or Alison Krauss and Union Station[edit]

From television series[edit]

The Transatlantic Sessions[edit]


Grammy Awards[edit]

  • 1983 Best Country Instrumental Performance – "Fireball" – with The New South
  • 1994 Best Bluegrass Album – "The Great Dobro Sessions"
  • 2001 Best Country Instrumental Performance – "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" with Earl Scruggs
  • 2001 Album of the Year – "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" – various artists
  • 2001 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group – "The Lucky One"- Alison Krauss + Union Station
  • 2001 Best Bluegrass Album – "New Favorite" – Alison Krauss + Union Station
  • 2003 Best Country Instrumental Performance – "Cluck Old Hen" – Alison Krauss + Union Station
  • 2003 Best Bluegrass Album – "LIVE" – Alison Krauss + Union Station
  • 2004 Best Country Instrumental Performance – "Earl's Breakdown" – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Featuring Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Vassar Clements & Jerry Douglas
  • 2006 Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal – "Restless" – Alison Krauss and Union Station
  • 2006 Best Country Instrumental Performance – "Unionhouse Branch" – Alison Krauss and Union Station
  • 2006 Best Country Album – "Lonely Runs Both Ways" – Alison Krauss and Union Station
  • 2012 Best Bluegrass album for "Paper Airplane" – Alison Krauss and Union Station
  • 2015 Best Bluegrass album for "The Earls of Leicester" - The Earls of Leicester

CMA Awards[edit]

  • 2002 Musician of the Year
  • 2005 Musician of the Year
  • 2007 Musician of the Year

IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards[edit]

  • 1990 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 1991 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 1992 Instrumental Album of the Year – Slide Rule, Jerry Douglas
  • 1992 Record Event of the Year – Slide Rule
  • 1992 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 1993 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 1994 Instrumental Album of the Year – Skip, Hop & Wobble; Douglas, Barenberg & Meyer
  • 1994 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 1995 Instrumental Album of the Year – The Great Dobro Sessions; Mike Auldridge, Curtis Burch, Jerry Douglas, Josh Graves, Rob Ickes, Oswald Kirby, Stacy Phillips, Tut Taylor, Sally Van Meter, Gene Wooten
  • 1995 Record Event of the Year – The Great Dobro Sessions
  • 1995 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 1997 Album of the Year – True Life Blues—The Songs of Bill Monroe; Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Mike Compton, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Pat Enright, Greg Garing, Richard Greene, David Grier, David Grisman, John Hartford, Bobby Hicks, Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis, Mike Marshall, Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Jim Nunally, Scott Nygaard, Mollie O'Brien, Tim O'Brien, Alan O'Bryant, Herb Pedersen, Todd Phillips, John Reischman, Peter Rowan, Craig Smith, Chris Thile, Tony Trischka, Roland White
  • 1997 Record Event of the Year – True Life Blues—The Songs of Bill Monroe
  • 1997 Instrumental Album of the Year – Bluegrass Instrumentals, Volume 6; The Bluegrass Album Band
  • 2001 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 2002 Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro
  • 2003 Album of the Year – Alison Krauss + Union Station Live, Alison Krauss + Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
  • 2003 Record Event of the Year – Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Matraca Berg, Sam Bush, June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Vassar Clements, Iris DeMent, Rodney Dillard, Jerry Douglas, Glen Duncan, Vince Gill, Josh Graves, Jamie Hanna, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Martin, Del McCoury, Robbie McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Jonathan McEuen, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Doc Watson, Richard Watson, Glenn Worf & Dwight Yoakam
  • 2015 Entertainer of the Year - The Earls of Leicester
  • 2015 Instrumental Group of the Year - The Earls of Leicester
  • 2015 Album of the Year - The Earls of Leicester, Jerry Douglas, producer
  • 2015 Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year - "Who Will Sing For Me" - The Earls of Leicester
  • 2015 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year - The Three Bells - Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, Rob Ickes
  • 2015 Dobro Player of the Year = Jerry Douglas

National Endowment for the Arts[edit]

  • 2004 National Heritage Fellowship

Country Music Hall of Fame[edit]

  • 2008 Artist in Residence


  • Humphrey, Mark. (1998). "Jerry Douglas". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 151., ISBN 978-0195176087


  1. ^ Geoff Harrison (11 May 2002). "An Interview with Jerry Douglas: Bluegrass for a New Century". jambase. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Official Jerry Douglas Website". Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 13, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Robert Plant, Buddy Miller and Justin Townes Earle Win Big at 10th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show". Americana Music. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  5. ^ / By Brittney McKenna (2015-06-15). "Dispatches From The BGS Stage at Bonnaroo 2015". The Bluegrass Situation. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 

External links[edit]

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AMA Instrumentalist of the Year
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Jerry Douglas
Preceded by
Jerry Douglas
AMA Instrumentalist of the Year
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