The Earls of Leicester
“If you’re looking for bluegrass royalty, here it is.”
— Bluegrass Today
The Earls of Leicester was born out of Douglas’s lifelong passion for the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys, whose seminal work from the late ‘40s into the late ’60s helped create the template for bluegrass music. Josh Graves, the group’s Dobro player (and Jerry’s mentor,) created an original style that would inspire all Dobro players to follow in bluegrass music.
The preeminent Dobroist in the world today, Jerry Douglas’ inventive and eloquent playing graces over 2,000 albums! The 13-time Grammy winner and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year is described as “my favorite musician” by John Fogerty and “the Muhammad Ali of the Dobro” by James Taylor. Jerry has toured with Boone Creek, the Whites, J.D. Crowe & the New South, the Country Gentlemen and Strength in Numbers. Since 1998, Jerry’s been a key member of Alison Krauss & Union Station.
Big Black Train:
The six-man band includes Douglas plus acclaimed writer, producer, and solo artist Shawn Camp on lead vocals and guitar; renowned banjoist Charlie Cushman on banjo; veteran bluegrasser Jeff White on vocals and mandolin; Barry Bales (Douglas’ longtime Union Station bandmate) on vocals and bass; and fiddler extraordinaire, Johnny Warren. Warren learned his driving style from his father, the legendary Paul Warren, who played for over 15 years in the most celebrated lineup of the Foggy Mountain Boys. In 2015, the Earls amassed more IBMA awards than anyone, including Entertainers of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Their self-titled debut on Rounder Records won Album of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. Shawn Camp won the Male Vocalist of the Year, and Jerry took home the Dobro Player of the Year trophy, and won Recorded Performance of the Year, as well, for his collaboration with Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes on the CD, Three Bells.
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