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THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND Premiere “2:19” with No Depression; ‘WHAT IF’ album out 8/18 via Rounder Records

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND–led by 14-time Grammy Award-winningmusician JERRY DOUGLAS–yesterday (7/20), teamed up with No Depression to premiere “2:19,” a cover of the Tom Waits gem. It’s the second single off the band’s debut studio album WHAT IF that’s due out Friday, August 18 via Rounder Records.  The album’s 11-tracks decisively mergejazz inclinations with the bluegrasscountrybluesswingrock, and soulthat DOUGLAS spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he–or anyone else–has done before.Click here to listen to “2:19.” WHAT IF is now available for pre-order via Amazon here.

DOUGLAS’ rendering of Tom Waits’ “2:19”–which he and bassist Daniel Kimbro recently performed during a live session with Paste Magazine(watch here)–is a funky revelation, dripping with soul and vocals that sound like they’re rolling from the lips of a grizzled Beale Street bluesman killing it at 3 a.m., not a three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year.

WHAT IF marks the recorded debut of THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND.Though Douglas has recorded several of these songs previously; he turns them inside out here in bold new arrangements filled with unexpected elements. For example, in 1992 he covered “Hey Joe,” the Billy Roberts folk tune that became one of Jimi Hendrix’s most beloved blues-rockers, as an uptempo bluegrass song. Here, it’s recontextualized again with drums and fiddle–and horns instead of mandolin. He also radically reconfigures the album opener “Cavebop,” originally recorded in 2002. This time, it contains the horns he always wanted it to have. “The first time I recorded it, we just played it as fast as we possibly could,” says DOUGLAS. “This time, we made it a bit more sophisticated, with more of an arrangement. A lot of times, when you record songs, you don’t really know ’em yet. I got another shot at this one.”

As soon as he graduated from high school, DOUGLAS headed to Washington, D.C., to join Charlie Waller, Ricky Skaggs, and Doyle Lawson in the Country Gentlemen. He’s since performed in so many incarnations; at one point, he counted membership in eight bands–simultaneously. His recent history includes his band the Earls of Leicester–his version of the Flatt and Scruggs band–with Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Jeff White, Johnny Warren, and Barry Bales; their self-titled 2014 debut earned Douglas his 14th Grammy. He’d already picked up eight with Alison Krauss & Union Station, with whom he’s closing out his second decade, and shared the Album of the Year win forO Brother, Where Art Thou?the film soundtrack that helped replant traditional roots music in the modern American psyche.

TRACKLISTING FOR WHAT IF:

“Cavebop”

“Unfolding”

“2:19”

“What If”

“Hey Joe”

“Battle Stick”

“Go Ahead and Leave”

“Butcher Boy”

“Freemantle”

“The Last Wild Moor”

“Hot Country 84.5”

CATCH JERRY DOUGLAS ON TOUR:

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

THU

8/10

New York City, NY

City Winery

FRI

8/11

Turner Falls, MA

Shea Theater

SAT

8/12

Bay Shore, NY

Boulton Center

SUN

8/13

Ithaca, NY

The Haunt

TUE

8/15

Newark, OH

Thirty One West

THU

8/17

Ann Arbor, MI

The Ark

FRI

8/18

St. Louis, MO

Delmar Hall

SAT

8/19

Monticello, IL

Prairie Sky Music Festival

SUN

8/20

Chicago, IL

SPACE

TUE

8/22

Madison, WI

Majestic Theatre

WED

8/23

Minneapolis, MN

Dakota

THU

8/24

Kansas City, MO

Knuckleheads

SAT

9/23

Franklin, TN

Pilgrimage Festival

SUN

10/8

Roseland, VA

Festy Experience

TUE

10/10

Charlotte, NC

McGlohon Theatre

WED

10/11

Charleston, SC

Charleston Music Hall

THU

10/12

Atlanta, GA

City Winery

FRI

10/13

Asheville, NC

The Orange Peel

FRI

10/27

Live Oak, FL

Suwannee Music Park

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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