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  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Membran
  • ASIN: B0085G0CGS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. On A Monday
  2. Something You Got (feat. Eric Clapton)
  3. So Here We Are
  4. The Boxer (feat. Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon)
  5. Duke and Cookie
  6. High Blood Pressure (feat. Keb' Mo)
  7. Gone to Fortingall
  8. Right On Time (feat. Marc Cohn)
  9. American Tune/Spain
  10. Frozen Fields (feat. Alison Krauss & Union Station)

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World renowned guitarist and Nashville recording icon Jerry Douglas is joined on 'Traveler' by bandmates Alison Krauss and Union Station, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Dr. John, Keb'Mo and Mumford & Sons.

The phrase "living legend" may be overused, but in the case of the master Dobro guitarist Jerry Douglas, it's also an understatement. In addition to his first-call status as a Nashville recording icon, he's adored by rock musicians like Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, and John Fogerty, all of whom have featured him on tours. Jerry is a 13-time Grammy winner and the long-time featured soloist with the multi-platinum Alison Krauss and Union Station.

With 'Traveler', Jerry has recorded an album that will even further elevate his already impressive stature from super-sideman to a bona fide front-rank creator of musical Americana. Produced by Russ Titelman (Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Ry Cooder etc.), and recorded in New Orleans, Nashville and London, this ambitious collection of vocals and instrumentals enlists a truly awesome cast of characters in support of an epic vision that combines Country/Bluegrass, R&B, and even a ballad with roots in the British Isles (Paul Simon's "The Boxer" performed with Mumford & Sons and the song's composer.)

Other highlights include two New Orleans classics - "Something You Got," with vocals and guitar by Eric Clapton; and "High Blood Pressure," with vocals by Keb' Mo and a gang of the Crescent City's finest including Dr. John. But it's really an album full of high points, and the reaction among general music fans is likely to be what many insiders have known for years. There is simply no one who plays music like Jerry Douglas.

Review

'The tracks have been skilfully programmed so that the album plays as a whole with nothing jarring...superb collaboration with Marc Cohn...Right On Time sounds like a brilliant Paul Simon gospel-tinged song we've never heard before.' -- Country Music People, (Spencer Leigh) * * * * *


'Nothing here is less than intriguing as Douglas rings the changes stylistically, managing to weld bluegrass, blues, rock and folk into one cohesive whole.'

--MOJO, (Fred Dellar) * * * *

'You can easily run out of words to describe Jerry Douglas as a Dobro player...Maestro, wizard, champion, doyenne. Yet it's his wonderful playing that ties together an adventurous album of songs...an album of eclectic delights.' --The Daily Telegraph, (Martin Chilton) * * * *

'Few musicians ever achieve such complete dominance and superiority on their instrument as Jerry Douglas...a tender solo reading of Paul Simon's "American Tune" is capped with a flurry of dextrous flamenco.' --The Independent, (Andy Gill) * * * *

'You can easily run out of words to describe Jerry Douglas as a Dobro player...Maestro, wizard, champion, doyenne. Yet it's his wonderful playing that ties together an adventurous album of songs...an album of eclectic delights.' --The Daily Telegraph, (Martin Chilton) * * * *

'Few musicians ever achieve such complete dominance and superiority on their instrument as Jerry Douglas...a tender solo reading of Paul Simon's "American Tune" is capped with a flurry of dextrous flamenco.' --The Independent, (Andy Gill) * * * *

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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.Read more ›
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The definitive sound of many an Alison Krauss and Transatlantic Session track, Jerry Douglas comes forward to front his own album (not before time) with impeccable dobro picking.
Jerry is joined on five individual tracks by musician glitterati - Eric Clapton, Paul Simon backing Mumford & Sons, , Mark Cohn, Keb Mo, and the aforesaid Ms Krauss with the rest of Union Station.
Having said that, there are plenty more wonderful musicians at work noted in the small print - Dr John no less, Sam Bush, Del McCoury and others both playing and taking a hand at songwriting.
The stand out track for many will be "The Boxer" the classic song refreshed by Mumford & Sons' vocals smoothed along by Paul Simon on backing vocal piano harmonium and percussion.
Six tracks are Jerry Douglas without special guests, some instrumental feeling almost sparse compared to the richness of the fully complemented tracks - but wait: these allow you to concentrate on the stunning talent of the eponymous hero of the album without diversion.
Like a great meal out, each course is served to perfection - this album will leave you very satisfied.
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Jerry Douglas is quite simply without doubt one of the best guitarists in the world, doesn't matter if he's doing solo , with Union Station , Allison Krauss , guesting for other artists , the man is a true musical genius.
I particularly love the tracks with Marc Cohen and The Mumfords .
Buy this cd I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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I bought this album for my other half (we don't buy each other presents at Christmas but we buy each other a present every month) as he plays guitar and loves the dobro. He loves it and I like it - it's nice that there are so many other talents on this album (Eric Clapton, Marc Cohn, Keb Mo, Paul Simon etc) that rate Jerry's talent.
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I bought this disc, which is JD's latest, at the same time as his album "Best of the Sugar Hill years" which is a fine introductory sampler to his work. I wanted to be able to get a sense of his work from the past and compare it with what he is now producing. I have only recently discovered JD through BBC TVs "Transatlantic Sessions" and consider him to be at genius level. Traveler features artists such as vocalist Keb Mo (for me just ok), Sam Bush (look no further for stunning mandolin and punchy vocals), Mumford and Sons (Paul Simon's "The Boxer" track that appears on their Babel album), the gorgeous Alison Krauss with Union Station singing "Frozen Fields" and a number of others including Eric Clapton on electric guitar and singing "Something you Got". I will no doubt incur the wrath of Clapton fans everywhere but for me his track was the only disappointment on this disc. I found it to be a lack-lustre performance, as if he were just going through the motions yet one more time and the result is dreary. JD's playing however does not disappoint and this is a fine album, and for me worth the 5 stars.
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first time i have listend to Jerry, but i know of the artists who join him and what a lovely mix. a beautifully made CD, a must have!!!
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With this album, Jerry Douglas confirms his position as the leading dobro/lap steel player in the world - from adding to a classic Clapton performance, via power-rock instrumentals and more classical country acoustic music. What ever you do, do not pigeon hole him as a folk or a country player - he is the complete deal.
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