Douglas, Jerry [Gerald Calvin]
- Thomas Goldsmith
(b Warren, OH, May 28, 1956). American bluegrass and country instrumentalist and record producer. Starting in his teenage years he brought dazzling technique, stylistic versatility, and a fat, rock-influenced tone to the resonator guitar, known as the Dobro, that has put him in musical company with artists as diverse as Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, and Edgar Meyer. Playing with his father in local bands as a teenager, Douglas attracted the attention of members of the Country Gentlemen, who gave him his first high-profile gig in 1973. During the next decade he rose first to the top ranks of bluegrass musicians, playing with J.D. Crowe and the New South and Skaggs’ Boone Creek. He moved to Nashville in 1979 to perform and record with the Whites; he also began a career as a session musician that made his sound ubiquitous on country radio during the 1980s and 90s. He has made more than a dozen solo albums for various labels including Rounder and MCA. In ...