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 60)
Warren, Ohio, United States
Instruments Dobro, resonator guitar, lap steel, guitar, banjo
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts The Jerry Douglas Band, 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".

Douglas produced a number of records, including some at Sugar Hill Records. He oversaw albums by Alison Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Earls of Leicester, The Steep Canyon Rangers. 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 The Jerry Douglas Band and in support of his extensive body of work and with The Earls of Leicester following the continued success of their 2014 release The Earls of Leicester.

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.

Personal Life[edit]

Douglas lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Jill.


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 and Museum 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.

Douglas received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas, Texas, on October 15, 2016. The award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.[4]

The Americana Music Association honored Jerry Douglas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.[5]

Douglas received the key to the city of Manchester,Tennessee as well as to Coffee County during a performance at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.[6]


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]

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

Americana Music Association Awards[edit]

  • 2002 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 2003 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist

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.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  4. ^ "Bluegrass Heritage Foundation official website". 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  5. ^ "Robert Plant, Buddy Miller and Justin Townes Earle Win Big at 10th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show". Americana Music. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  6. ^ / By Brittney McKenna (2015-06-15). "Dispatches From The BGS Stage at Bonnaroo 2015". The Bluegrass Situation. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 

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AMA Instrumentalist of the Year
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Jerry Douglas
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Jerry Douglas
AMA Instrumentalist of the Year
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