FREEPORT – Grammy Award-winning Dobro master Jerry Douglas will perform songs from his new Koch Records solo album, “Glide,” and play with his five-piece band Saturday, Aug. 16, at Discovery Park.

The free, outdoor performance, part of L.L. Bean’s 2008 Summer Concert Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The band will also perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Historic Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 594-0070.

Internationally recognized as the world’s most renowned Dobro player, Douglas has won 12 Grammy Awards and numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and holds the distinction of being named Musician of the Year by The Country Music Association for 2002, 2005 and 2007, The Academy of Country Music (11 times) and The Americana Music Association for 2002 and 2003.

Douglas’ musical brilliance has graced more than 2,000 recordings by such distinguished artists as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello, Garth Brooks, Charlie Haden, Earl Scruggs, Phish and Emmylou Harris.

Since 1998, Douglas has been a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station. “Glide” marks his 12th solo release. Featuring nine instrumental compositions and two tracks with standout vocal performances by country music legends Travis Tritt and Rodney Crowell, it is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed “The Best Kept Secret” and the 2007 collection, “Jerry Douglas: Best of the Sugar Hill Years.”

“Glide” incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, folk, Celtic, Scottish and New Orleans-inspired music. Earl Scruggs, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, Lloyd Green, Tony Rice, Carmella Ramsey and members of his touring band (drummer Doug Belote, bassist Todd Parks, violinist Luke Bulla and guitarist Guthrie Trapp) support Douglas on various tracks.

Whether he is performing alongside Eric Clapton at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, on tour with his band opening for Paul Simon (fall 2006), appearing live on “A Prairie Home Companion,” or playing his featured role with Alison Krauss & Union Station, Douglas forges as a true pioneer in American music.

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