Country music is too often defined by commercials for F150s, cut-off tees, and drilling for oil (check out this ditty, if you haven’t heard it already). I’m not knocking any of that. I used to drive a pick-up, I have plenty of cut-offs, and if Exxon wanted to engage in some exploratory drilling in my backyard, I’d probably shelve my environmental concerns for a new iPod and a meatball sub. But that said, there’s country—as in Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Carrie Underwood—and there’s country, with banjo-pluckin’, foot-stompin’, and all kinds of other verbs without the “g” at the end.
Jerry Douglas, the Grammy-winning Dobro player out of Nashville, can play country and bluegrass on the slide guitar as masterfully as anyone out there, and he isn’t relegated to a certain genre of music. He’s performed with Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, and Béla Fleck to name a few, and he was also one of the musicians on the endlessly popular O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
On Glide, his newest release, Douglas is smokin’ (where’d the Gs go?) on the Dobro, as he keeps tempo with lively guitars and banjos. More than anything, his music has a universal appeal—it could play in Starbucks or at a family barbecue without incident. Well, there might be some toe-tappin’ and knee-slappin’, but that never hurt anybody.
If you like the idea of some rollickin’ bluegrass, Douglas comes to The Turning Point on Thursday, November 20 for 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows ($50; 468 Piermont Ave.; Piermont; 845-359-1089; turningpointcafe.com).