Jerry Douglas

For other individuals named Jerry Douglas, see Jerry Douglas (disambiguation).
Jerry Douglas
Background information
Birth name Gerald Calvin Douglas
Born (1956-05-28) May 28, 1956
Warren, Ohio, United States
Instruments Dobro, resonator guitar, lap steel, guitar, banjo
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts The Jerry Douglas Band, Alison Krauss and Union Station, The Earls of Leicester
Website Official website

Gerald Calvin "Jerry" Douglas (born May 28, 1956 in Warren, Ohio, United States) is an American resonator guitar and lap steel player and record producer. He has been nicknamed 'Flux'.[1]


In addition to his thirteen solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums.[2] As a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phish, Dolly Parton, Susan Ashton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, and Johnny Mathis, as well as performing on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He has been part of such notable groups as The Whites, New South, The Country Gentlemen, Strength in Numbers, and Elvis Costello's "Sugar Canes".

Douglas produced a number of records, including some at Sugar Hill Records. He oversaw albums by Alison Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Earls of Leicester, The Steep Canyon Rangers. Along with Aly Bain, he serves as Music Director of the popular BBC Television series, "Transatlantic Sessions".

Since 1998, Douglas has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum-selling albums. When not on the road with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Douglas tours with his band The Jerry Douglas Band and in support of his extensive body of work and with The Earls of Leicester following the continued success of their 2014 release The Earls of Leicester.

Jerry Douglas appeared with Vince Gill on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004 ("Oklahoma Borderline" and "What the Cowgirls Do").

Douglas also made a cameo in the third "United Breaks Guitars" consumer protest video, all of which went viral.

Personal Life

Douglas lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Jill.


Douglas has received fourteen Grammy Awards and has won the Country Music Association's 'Musician of the Year' award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007.

In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Douglas a National Heritage Fellowship.[3]

Jerry Douglas playing one of his resonator guitars

Douglas was named Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008.

Douglas was honored at the 36th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado for his twenty-fifth consecutive year playing in and at the festival.

Douglas received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas, Texas, on October 15, 2016. The award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.[4]

The Americana Music Association honored Jerry Douglas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.[5]

Douglas received the key to the city of Manchester,Tennessee as well as to Coffee County during a performance at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.[6]


Solo recordings

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US US Heat US Indie US New Age
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: Rounder Records
Under the Wire
Changing Channels
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: MCA Records
Everything Is Gonna Work Out Fine
  • Release date: 1987
  • Label: Rounder Records
Plant Early
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: MCA Records
Slide Rule
Restless on the Farm
  • Release date: May 19, 1998
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Lookout for Hope
  • Release date: May 7, 2002
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
10 5
The Best Kept Secret
  • Release date: September 20, 2005
  • Label: Koch
Best of the Sugar Hill Years
  • Release date: March 13, 2007
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Release date: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Koch
4 69
Jerry Christmas
  • Release date: October 13, 2009
  • Label: eOne
  • Release date: June 26, 2012
  • Label: eOne
1 168 3 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other recordings

With Alison Krauss or Alison Krauss and Union Station

The Transatlantic Sessions


Grammy Awards

Americana Music Association Awards

CMA Awards

IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards

National Endowment for the Arts

Country Music Hall of Fame



  1. Geoff Harrison (11 May 2002). "An Interview with Jerry Douglas: Bluegrass for a New Century". jambase. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. "Welcome to the Official Jerry Douglas Website". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  3. Archived April 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. "Bluegrass Heritage Foundation official website". 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  5. "Robert Plant, Buddy Miller and Justin Townes Earle Win Big at 10th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show". Americana Music. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
  6. / By Brittney McKenna (2015-06-15). "Dispatches From The BGS Stage at Bonnaroo 2015". The Bluegrass Situation. Retrieved 2016-01-10.
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