Jerry Douglas

Restless on the Farm

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Dobro master Jerry Douglas steps out of his usual sideman's role (he has appeared on over 1,000 albums) on this excellent solo effort. He shows off his instrumental virtuosity and versatility on a mix of bluegrass, hard country, jazz (covering an old Erroll Garner tune), blues, and even traditional Irish music. Guest vocalists include Maura O'Connell, Tim O'Brien, John Cowan and Steve Earle, who offers a gritty reading of Johnny Cash's "Don't Take your Guns to Town." Among the standout instrumentalists joining Douglas are Bela Fleck, Sam Bush and Sonny Landreth, who delivers some remarkable work on metal-body dobro.

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