THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND |PREMIERE NEW SINGLE "2:19" WITH NO DEPRESSION

YESTERDAY, 7/20

 

BAND'S DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM

'WHAT IF'

OUT FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

 

CURRENTLY TOURING THROUGH THE U.S.

"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."

--Tara Joan, NoDepression.com, July 20, 2017

 

 

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND--led by 14-time Grammy Award-winningmusician JERRY DOUGLAS--yesterday (7/20), teamed up with No Depression to premiere "2:19," a cover of the Tom Waits gem. It's the second single off the band's debut studio album WHAT IF that's due out Friday, August 18 via Rounder Records.  The album's 11-tracks decisively mergejazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soulthat DOUGLAS spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he--or anyone else--has done before. Click here to listen to "2:19." WHAT IF is now available for pre-order via Amazon here.

 

DOUGLAS' rendering of Tom Waits' "2:19"--which he and bassist Daniel Kimbro recently performed during a live session with Paste Magazine (watch here)--is a funky revelation, dripping with soul and vocals that sound like they're rolling from the lips of a grizzled Beale Street bluesman killing it at 3 a.m., not a three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year.

 

WHAT IF marks the recorded debut of THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND. Though Douglas has recorded several of these songs previously; he turns them inside out here in bold new arrangements filled with unexpected elements. For example, in 1992 he covered "Hey Joe," the Billy Roberts folk tune that became one of Jimi Hendrix's most beloved blues-rockers, as an uptempo bluegrass song. Here, it's recontextualized again with drums and fiddle--and horns instead of mandolin. He also radically reconfigures the album opener "Cavebop," originally recorded in 2002. This time, it contains the horns he always wanted it to have. "The first time I recorded it, we just played it as fast as we possibly could," says DOUGLAS. "This time, we made it a bit more sophisticated, with more of an arrangement. A lot of times, when you record songs, you don't really know 'em yet. I got another shot at this one."

 

As soon as he graduated from high school, DOUGLAS headed to Washington, D.C., to join Charlie Waller, Ricky Skaggs, and Doyle Lawson in the Country Gentlemen. He's since performed in so many incarnations; at one point, he counted membership in eight bands--simultaneously. His recent history includes his band the Earls of Leicester--his version of the Flatt and Scruggs band--with Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Jeff White, Johnny Warren, and Barry Bales; their self-titled 2014 debut earned Douglas his 14th Grammy. He'd already picked up eight with Alison Krauss & Union Station, with whom he's closing out his second decade, and shared the Album of the Year win for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the film soundtrack that helped replant traditional roots music in the modern American psyche.

 

TRACKLISTING FOR WHAT IF:

"Cavebop"

"Unfolding"

"2:19"

"What If"

"Hey Joe"

"Battle Stick"

"Go Ahead and Leave"

"Butcher Boy"

"Freemantle"

"The Last Wild Moor"

"Hot Country 84.5"

 

CATCH JERRY DOUGLAS ON TOUR:

DATE             LOCATION                 VENUE

FRI 6/16       Telluride, CO             Telluride Bluegrass Festival

FRI 6/23       Owensboro, KY         ROMP Fest

SAT 6/24      Rochester, NY          Rochester International Jazz Festival

FRI  7/14      Fall River, MA           Narrows Center for the Arts

SAT 7/15      Oak Hill, NY              Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

SUN 7/16     Sellersville, PA        Sellersville Theater

MON 7/17    Annapolis, MD          Ram's Head

TUE 7/18     Rocky Mount, VA      Harvester Performance Center

THU 8/10    New York City, NY     City Winery

FRI 8/11     Turner Falls, MA        Shea Theater

SAT 8/12    Bay Shore, NY            Boulton Center

SUN 8/13   Ithaca, NY                    The Haunt

TUE 8/15    Newark, OH                 Thirty One West

THU 8/17    Ann Arbor, MI             The Ark

FRI 8/18     St. Louis, MO               Delmar Hall

SAT 8/19    Monticello, IL              Allerton Park & Retreat Center

SUN 8/20   Evanston, IL                SPACE

TUE 8/22   Madison, WI                Majestic Theatre

WED 8/23  Minneapolis, MN        Dakota

THU  8/24  Kansas City, MO         Knuckleheads

SAT 9/23   Franklin, TN                Pilgrimage Festival

SUN 10/8   Roseland, VA              Festy Experience

TUE 10/10  Charlotte, NC             McGlohon Theatre

WED 10/11 Charleston, SC          Charleston Music Hall

THU 10/12  Atlanta, GA                City Winery

FRI  10/13  Asheville, NC             The Orange Peel

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