Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 8:00 pm
**The date for ‘Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester’ in Duke Performances’ 2016/17 printed brochure is inaccurate. The concert will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 as listed above.**
Dobro master Jerry Douglas is a true legend of bluegrass. “From regal restraint to reckless abandon, Douglas is never anything less than astonishing” (Billboard). Stars as diverse as Charlie Haden, Dolly Parton, and Ray Charles have called on Douglas’ unmistakable sound as a session musician on an astounding two thousand albums. Douglas moved from sideman to soloist and producer more than twenty years ago when he formed the acoustic supergroup Strength in Numbers. He has won an amazing fourteen GRAMMY awards, culminating in a 2015 win for best bluegrass album by his all-star group The Earls of Leicester.
In name and style, the group is Douglas’ tribute to the Foggy Mountain Boys, led by the legendary duo of Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. Six of roots music’s very finest (including veterans of Union Station and the son of an original Foggy Mountain Boy) join to conjure up the sound and feel of a concert by the fathers of modern bluegrass. “You expect a band of superstars to be fantastic,” raved Bluegrass Today. “But these six guys go far beyond that superlative.”