Dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Additionally, Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording and touring artist whose output incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. On Friday, June 28, this musician, at the pinnacle of his trade, comes to Boothbay Harbor to perform with the Earls of Leicester at the historic Opera House in a 7:30 p.m. concert.
Called “Dobro’s matchless contemporary master” by The New York Times, three-time CMA Musician of the Year award recipient Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music as a solo artist, band leader for The Jerry Douglas Band and his GRAMMY winning bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester, as well as a member of groundbreaking ensembles including Alison Krauss & Union Station, J.D. Crowe & the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Boone Creek, and Strength In Numbers.
His distinctive sound graces more than 1,500 albums for artists including Garth Brooks, George Jones, Paul Simon, Little Big Town, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs, Ray Charles, Dierks Bentley, and Tommy Emmanuel, among many others.
In addition to touring, Douglas has co-produced and performed on a series of platinum albums. He has produced albums for Alison Krauss, Del McCoury Band, Maura O’Connell, The Whites, Jesse Winchester, and Steep Canyon Rangers. He is co-music director of the acclaimed BBC Scotland TV series Transatlantic Sessions. In 2004, Douglas was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with an American Heritage Fellowship, and he served as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Artist In Residence” in 2008.
Touring with his band, The Earls of Leicester, the evening of bluegrass music at the Opera House will pay tribute to the music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. The evening is made possible thanks to the generous support of Hammond Lumber, Marden Builders and The Lafayette Group.
Advance discounted tickets, $35, are on sale through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets, $40, are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the concert. Seating is general admission and doors for seating open at 7 p.m. The Opera House bar will open at 6:30 p.m. for concert goers only.