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Jerry Douglas

Glide – 2008 (Koch)

Reviewed by John Walker

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What else can be said to boast the superlatives of Jerry Douglas? The endless talents are again on full display with his 12th solo release. The 11 songs feature 9 instrumentals and 2 great vocal performances. The star-studded guest list includes Sam Bush, who accompanies Douglas and co-writes the first lively instrumental titled Bounce. Tony Rice, Edgar Meyer, Lloyd Green, Carmella Ramsey and Earl Scruggs jump in and kick the instrumentals up to an amazing level on several Douglas-penned originals.

Travis Tritt provides vocals on an upbeat song written by Paul Brady and Michael O'Keefe, A Marriage Made In Hollywood. The second vocal is an original heartfelt song written and performed by Rodney Crowell, A Long Hard Road.

Highlights include Route Irish, an instrumental written by Douglas inspired by watching news reports of the Iraq war. Route Irish is the actual name of the road linking Baghdad Airport to the Green Zone. The horns included on the Douglas written Dixieland funeral march Sway are very compelling. Pairing Rice playing guitar on a Crowell original song is stunning. Scruggs sweet banjo picking on Home Sweet Home, joined by both Rice and Douglas is an amazing power trio. The slow touching Trouble On Alum finds Douglas playing all parts. The captivating closer Pushed To Far, was originally released on a now out of print MCA Master Series. This CD is further proof why Douglas is one of the best.