Review | Wednesday 25 July 2012
Jerry Douglas’s Dobro skills have made him the top player in Nashville. His distinctive tone has graced some 1800 sessions and been featured on the wonderful BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, fusing Celtic and country. Douglas is also a gigging musician with his own band and has been a part of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1998.
Traveler is very much an exploration of American roots music, and this time Douglas explores the musical grounds of New Orleans, helped out by artists like Dr John, Keb Mo, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Alison Krauss and sometimes Dobro player Eric Clapton. There are highlights aplenty here – including the truly rocking lap steel instrumental ‘So Here We Are’, a gritty version of Simon’s ‘The Boxer’ and the funky ‘High Blood Pressure’ with Dr John and Keb Mo, as well as the beautiful Dobro medley ‘American Tune/Spain’.