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Editors’ Notes

First emerging in the 1970s, Dobro player Jerry Douglas is one of the true masters of his instrument. He has appeared on countess country and bluegrass albums, and he’s also played with artists such as Ray Charles, Paul Simon, and Charlie Haden. In the 1980s, Douglas was one of several musicians who expanded the boundaries of bluegrass by incorporating elements of jazz, rock, and other genres. His 12th solo album, Glide, is a low-key delight. Two tracks spotlight vocalists: “Marriage Made in Hollywood” features Travis Tritt intoning the sad tale of a junkie’s demise, while “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)” showcases Rodney Crowell singing of rural roots, hard work, and musical dreams. The rest are instrumentals. “Sway Sur La Rue Royale,” a tribute to New Orleans, bluesy Dobro sets the stage for martial drumming and Dixieland horns. The legendary banjo player Earl Scruggs appears on the traditional “Home Sweet Home,” while “Trouble on Alum,” a medley of two old Scottish tunes, finds Douglas playing all of the instruments. Glide closes with “Pushed Too Far,” a nice slice of progressive bluegrass.

Customer Reviews

Something Different From The World's Best Dobro Player

There is certainly little argument that Jerry Douglas is the world's best dobro player and on "Glide," his first solo album since 2005, Douglas and co. cross plenty of boundaries to keep him not only with his "best" title, but also open up the door for new fans to see what all the fuss is about. Fans of Bela Fleck are going to eat this album up on tracks like "Bounce," "Pushed Too Far," and "Unfolding," but for the long-time fans it simply doesn't get any better than "Home Sweet Home," and "Glide." Douglas has crafted a fine record here and it's definitely one that shouldn't be missed whether you're a devout follower of him or perhaps just a casual fan of his work with Allison Krauss & Union Station.


This is another stellar album by one of the most gifted musicians. Those who do not like instrumental albums shouldn't be listening to this, let alone reviewing it- although Travis Tritt and Rodney Crowell both do a wonderful job on the two vocal tracks. If you appreciate true quality in music, then this album will "speak" to you for sure.

great instramentals lead to great music

listen to the instraments and the heart and great up beatness of bounce and you will be cauptured in a sound that will create a feeling of happyness


Born: May 28, 1956 in Warren, Ohio

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jerry Douglas is widely renowned as perhaps the finest Dobro player in contemporary acoustic music. His main foundation is bluegrass, but Douglas is an eclectic whose tastes run toward jazz, blues, folk, and straight-ahead country as well, and he's equally capable of appealing to bluegrass aficionados or new agers with a taste for instrumental roots music. What's more, his...
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