Jerry Douglas, “Glide,” Koch Records, 11 tracks

After 35 years in bluegrass, Jerry Douglas is a legend at 52. He ranks among the best Dobro players in the history of the genre. But Douglas doesn’t like to be confined within the boundaries of any genre. And his 12 solo albums are filled with a wide range of material that spans several genres.

“Glide,” Douglas’ latest, includes elements of bluegrass, country, rock, folk, Celtic, Scottish and New Orleans funeral music. Most of the bluegrass is on “Home Sweet Home,” a tune featuring Earl Scruggs on banjo and Tony Rice on guitar.

Douglas wrote, co-wrote or arranged eight of the nine instrumentals, including the title cut.

Country rocker Travis Tritt sings lead on “Marriage Made in Hollywood,” a country song about a drug addict in search of his 15 seconds of fame. And Rodney Crowell sings an awesome version of his own “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream),” which the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band took to No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in 1984.

It’s a strong album, but there’s much bluegrass on here.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.kochrecords.com.

Some bluegrass singles worth checking out:

“I Miss The Sound Of Rain” from the Davidson Brothers’ self-titled album on Shock Records. A good up-tempo story song about a drought by an Australian band that should be getting more attention stateside.

“Smiling Faces” from Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road’s “Why Don’t You Give Jesus A Try” on Blue Circle Records. The song is about a Russian orphanage, but lead singer Jerry Butler could make the Yellow Pages sound great.

“Go Getter” from Bobby Maynard’s “Livin’ Lovin’ Laughin'” self-released album. A novelty song about a guy who drives his wife to work and then goes to get her. It’s better than the description.

“Please Play the Jukebox” from Louie Setzer & The Appalachian Mountain Boys’ “On The Air” album on AMB Music. A strong version of a 1980 Jimmy Martin song.


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