Sunday, July 30, 2006

Jerry Douglas: Best Kept Secret

Well the album's name might be the Best Kept Secret, but it's no secret that Jerry Douglas is one of the finest musicians alive today.

A member of Alison Krauss' Union Station group, Douglas routinely writes blazing bluegrass instrumentals for their albums. Here, he shows he's at home playing rock ("She makes me want to sing"), Funk ("Back in Love" with Alison Krauss providing vocals), Bluegrass (with Bela Fleck playing Banjo), and Blues (with John Fogarty supplying vocals).

It's a tour de force album that might annoy some bluegrass die-hards but should delight everyone else.