My father sent along the news that WPLN public radio in Nashville featured an interview on August 18th with Dobro master Jerry Douglas that some readers will find interesting. The interview and an on-line web extra are available at WPLN’s web site. Many of you will recognize Douglas’ name from his work with Alison Kraus + Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, but those of us who’ve been listening to bluegrass and new acoustic music since the 1970s know that he’s played with just about everyone – from the Country Gentlemen (his first professional gig as a teenager), to J.D. Crowe and the New South (with bandmates Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs), to Boone Creek, to Nashville session man extraordinaire from the 1980s on. At least one regular reader of More to Come thinks Jerry Douglas is God. If you want to see him live, go to YouTube to see this great set from Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival featuring Vince Gill and Jerry Douglas.
This posting reminds me that I haven’t made my quarterly update on the wonderful magazine The Fretboard Journal. The Summer 2008 issue came just as I went on vacation, but this posting is timely as a reminder because there’s a great interview with Jerry Douglas (who talks about how it took NPR to force him back to the comedic beginnings of Dobro). The cover story is an interview with mandolin phenom Chris Thile by a mandolin phenom from an earlier (sigh) age…David Grisman. Many readers will remember Thile from the band Nickel Creek, which is now in semi-retirement. The Fretboard Journal advertises itself as “Not Just Another Guitar Magazine” and there’s truth in that statement. It is a great quarterly with coffee table photography of beautiful instruments and straight-ahead interviews of well-known and obscure musicians and builders. (Others featured in the Summer issue include Ranger Doug and his great collection of Stromberg guitars, electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, and master acoustic guitar builder Jean Larrivee.)
More to come…