Jerry Douglas nominated for CMA Musician of the Year!
It is such an honor to be included in CMA Musician on the Year Nominee with this group:
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) August 28, 2018
Thank you to the voting members of the Country Music Association. Tune in November 14th at 8/7c on ABC to see the results!
The Earls of Leicester LIVE at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame
The Earls of Leicester Live at The CMA Theater in The Country Music Hall of Fame Due September 28
Four-Time IBMA Entertainers of the Year
to Release First Live Album
2-LP Double Gatefold Vinyl Available October 12
Critical Praise for The Earls of Leicester
“Holy Moly…people need to hear this music again, and The Earls of Leicester deliver it!”
“…You begin to appreciate the way The Earls have taken this music, much of it from Flatt and Scruggs recordings in the 1950s and ’60s, and turned each song over – looking at it from different angles, deconstructing the essence of the melody and the lyric, and reassembling it for a new generation of listeners. The result is music that sounds as vital as any kind of popular music being made today.”
—NPR Fresh Air
“Once again, the Earls of Leicester do Flatt & Scruggs justice in a consistently entertaining way.”
— Wall Street Journal
“It takes a certain amount of credibility – not to mention just pure chutzpah – to assemble a band with the sole intent to emulate one of the greatest bluegrass groups of all times, specifically, the archetypical ensemble helmed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs that was known as the Foggy Mountain Boys. If anyone was up to that challenge, it had to be Jerry Douglas, whose skill on resonator and lap steel guitar has made him the go-to guy in today’s music circles.”
“Charlie Cushman (banjo, guitar) is astonishingly good, but more than that, he’s well-matched by Barry Bales (bass), Shawn Camp (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Warren (fiddle), and Jeff White (mandolin), and surpassed only by Jerry Douglas, who remains the greatest player the Dobro has ever known.”
August 3, 2018 – Nashville, TN – The Earls of Leicester, the Grammy award-winning sextet that comprises some of the finest musicians in bluegrass, will release their third album, Live at The CMA Theater in The Country Music Hall of Fame, September 28 on Rounder Records. Track “Long Journey Home” is available now.
When The Earls of Leicester formed in 2013, their mission was ambitious but exact: to preserve and promote the legacy of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs in hopes of reviving the duo’s music for long-time admirers and introducing a new generation to their genre-defining sound. Within a year of releasing their self-titled debut, the Nashville-based six-piece far surpassed their own expectations, winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and earning six awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Now, with their first live album, Earls of Leicester offer up a selection of songs that fully capture the pure joy and supreme musicianship that propel their every performance.
Recorded over two nights at Nashville’s CMA Theater, Earls of Leicester Live bears a boundless vitality that makes songs from over a half-century ago feel irresistibly fresh. Despite the band’s painstaking precision in recreating the catalog of Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Boys, the album unfolds with an easy warmth that honors the essence of traditional bluegrass, which Jerry Douglas describes as “music that was meant to be played on back porches.”
Made up entirely of songs from 1954 to 1965, Earls of Leicester Live combines classic tunes with more obscure numbers unearthed thanks to the band’s encyclopedic familiarity with Flatt and Scruggs’s body of work. The robust 23-song set features 14 new recordings by the Earls and nine fan favorites from their two previous studio albums. The setlist includes notorious crowd-pleasers like “Martha White Theme Song” (originally penned as a jingle for Martha White Self-Rising Flour) and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” (a breakneck-paced, banjo-driven instrumental popularized thanks to its use in Bonnie and Clyde), as well as the harmony-laced “You Can Feel It in Your Soul” and the sweetly crooning “All I Want Is You.”
Earls of Leicester Live also serves up several tracks integral to Flatt and Scruggs’ legend-including “I’m Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open,” a song famously banned from the Grand Ole Opry-along with more oddball offerings like the gracefully sprawling two-part instrumental “Steel Guitar Blues/Spanish Two Step.” And in one of the album’s most poignant moments, the Earls of Leicester deliver the wistfully lilting “Reunion in Heaven”-a song the band performed at Foggy Mountain Boys mandolin player/vocalist Curly Seckler’s gravesite earlier this year, as per Seckler’s personal request.
Throughout Earls of Leicester Live, the band wholeheartedly channels the spirit of Flatt and Scruggs while allowing each member’s distinct charm and singular musicality to shine through.
The Earls of Leicester are on tour throughout the rest of 2018. A special album release event at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass will take place on release day. All Wide Open Bluegrass attendees will receive a special offer to buy the CD along with a ticket to the Earls of Leicester show at Red Hat Amphitheater, with two dollars from every purchase going to the Bluegrass Trust Fund. Grab your tickets at worldofbluegrass.org. A full list of dates is below.
The Earls of Leicester are Barry Bales, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Jerry Douglas, Johnny Warren, and Jeff White.
Salty Dog Blues
Will You Be Lonesome Too
Long Journey Home
I’ll Go Stepping Too
I’m Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open
I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow
Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arm
All I Want Is You
Let The Church Roll On
My Mother Prays So Loud In Her Sleep
Big Black Train
Black Eyed Suzy
What’s Good For You (Should Be Alright For Me)
Branded Wherever I Go
Reunion In Heaven
Flint Hill Special
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
Medley: Spanish Two Step / Steel Guitar Blues
Martha White Theme Song
White House Blues
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Bonus Tracks for CD and vinyl drop card:
I Don’t Care Anymore
8/3/2018 Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival Thornton, NH
8/4/2018 Red Rocks Amphitheatre (wYonder Mountain String Band) Morrison, CO
8/18/2018 North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival Marion, NC
8/28/2018 Harvester Performance CenterRocky Mount, VA
8/29/2018 Sellersville Theatre Sellersville, PA
8/31/2018 Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival Brunswick, ME
9/1/2018 Delaware Valley Bluegrass Music Festival Woodstown, NJ
9/2/2018 Birchmere Alexandria, VA
9/13/2018 AmericanaFestNashville, TN
9/14/2018 Bijou Theatre Knoxville, TN
9/15/2018 Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Morehead, KY
9/28/2018 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Raleigh, NC
9/29/2018 Niswonger Performing Arts Center Greeneville, TN
IBMA 2018 Nominations!
Thank you to the voting members of the International Bluegrass Music Association! What an honor it is to be included among these amazing musicians and artists
Jerry Douglas & Peter Rowan – Yonder
The Jerry Douglas Band Summer 2018 Tour
Earls of Leicester Summer Tour 2018
Jerry Performing Solo Sets this Summer!
The Earls of Leicester Festival Recap
Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp in Memphis
I am thrilled to join Tommy Emmanuel for his US Guitar Camp in Memphis, TN on July 23-27, 2018 at the Peabody Hotel. This is going to be really fun event with me, Pat Bergeson, Jack Pearson, Mike Seal, and Steve Cropper as guest instructors. At these camps, everything is provided for you (accommodations, meals, etc.), and it features workshops during the day and shows at night with Tommy and all the guest instructors. I’ve heard Tommy’s camps are a blast, and I can’t wait to be a part of one.
You can find more information and register for the camps here: https://
IBMA 2017 Nominations
Wow! So excited and honored to share this year’s International Bluegrass Music Award nominations with you. The Earls swept again scoring 8 total nominations (tying with our friends Balsam Range). The conference, award show and music festival will be held in beautiful Raleigh, NC this year, get your tickets if you want to attend! More info at IBMA.org
Read about the full list of nominees via The Tennessean
2:19 Song Premiere + Interview via No Depression
Led by 14-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jerry Douglas, The Jerry Douglas Band will release their debut album, What If, on August 18th. The new project merges jazz with bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul on eleven tracks filled with bold arrangements and unexpected elements. One such song is Douglas’ rendering of Tom Waits’ “2:19.” A funky revelation, the song drips with soul courtesy of some dynamic horn-work and Douglas’ bluesy vocals. Stream the exclusive premiere of “2:19” below then read on to see what Douglas had to say about the track and the making of What If.
(Click above to read the full article and hear the song!)
AXS interview on “What If”
Jerry Douglas is one of the few masters of the Dobro guitar alive today and he knows how to make it ‘sing.’. He has performed on over 1600 albums of many different genre of music since he started playing professionally at the age of 14. His first major gig was with the Country Gentlemen in 1973. Jerry has performed with some of the most famous entertainers in the world from Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Sting, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, Phish, Ricky Scaggs, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, and Johnny Mathis to name a few. AXS was able to do a telephone interview with Jerry and here are the highlights.
Read more of this interview with Jerry HERE
Free Music via NoiseTrade!
Click the photo above to get 3 FREE tracks!
“Cavebop”–off the new The Jerry Douglas Band album (out August 18th, preorder: http://found.ee/JDStore). “…a ‘Flintstones’ rumble, with Fred in the driver’s seat and Charlie Parker as his passenger.”
“The Wild Rumpus”–When my daughters were small, I would read the book “Where The Wild Things Are” to them at bedtime. I later found out it’s not a bedtime story. I invited the author Maurice Sendak to my shows whenever I was in his town. He never came. Therapy is ongoing.
“Takarasaka”–I wrote Takarazaka after a tour in Japan a few years ago. I was invited to stay at a friends house in the city of the same name. My friend explained to me that the origin of the name could be used either for beautiful mountain village, or Village idiot. I prefer the former.
“Cavebop” Video Premiere
FULL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/gkNa4OaBCcM
VIDEO PREMIERE: “Cavebop” – The first track off the new The Jerry Douglas Band album ‘What If’ – available everywhere August 18th…a ‘Flintstones’ rumble, with Fred in the driver’s seat and Charlie Parker as his passenger.
Pre-order ‘What If’ now:
JD Store: http://found.ee/JDStore
iTunes/Apple Music: http://found.ee/JDBApple
Jerry to be featured on Dan Auerbach’s solo album “Waiting on a Song”
Album out June 2nd, read more here.