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Warm and welcoming
on 27 August 2012
Jerry is a fantastic soloist, especially live, but playing with others seems to being out the best of him, whether as part of an ensemble or in a duo or with another virtuoso. Here we get the lot - even a lead vocal. There's a strong mixture of new material (to me, anyway), old favourites revisited and covers of classics. A surprising start with a Leadbelly song, On A Monday; surprising because I didn't think I'd hear Del McCoury singing back up to Jerry Douglas's lead vocal. He doesn't sound unlike Eric Clapton who follows on the next track, Chris Kenner's Something You Got. This would have sounded at home on any of Eric's recent albums. Really warm and friendly opening tracks: not too demanding but stuff I could listen to for ages. The rest of the album continues to delight. The Boxer, with Mumford and Sons, might be considered sacrilege by some but it gets a solid treatment and Jerry's playing is tasteful and doesn't dominate the song. Revisited numbers include Duke and Cookie, which Jerry wrote with Sam Bush for Strength In Numbers in the late 80's (get their Telluride Sessions CD for an acoustic masterclass) and Sam joins Jerry here; and American Tune/ Spain, the second part of which was on Bela Fleck's early album Crossing the Tracks. Jerry takes it solo this time. Gone To Fortingall seems like a tribute to Transatlantic Sessions: Fortingall is where the last couple of Sessions have been recorded. Despite that, there's none of that wonderful houseband here (or anywhere on the CD, but you can have too much of a good thing). Instead, Jerry is accompanied by old friends Bela Fleck, Viktor Krauss and Omar Hakim. The US version of the CD includes an extra track - King Silkie - written by Jerry with Dan Tyminski and it's performed by a bunch of acoustic allstars.
This album won't be a classic but it ought to be, or at least get decent airplay in the UK. I always find it a joy to listen to Jerry, solo or otherwise, and the performers gathered here and the variety of styles in the music show that he can fit into just about anything. it isn't music that challenges you: you just feel better for listening to it.