Gerald Calvin "Jerry" Douglas (born May 28, 1956 in Warren, Ohio) is an American resonator guitar and lap steel player and record producer.
In addition to his thirteen solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums. As a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Phish, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, and Johnny Mathis, as well as performing on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He has been part of such notable groups as The Whites, New South, The Country Gentlemen, Strength in Numbers, and Elvis Costello's "Sugar Canes".
As a producer, he has overseen albums by Alison Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Along with Aly Bain, he serves as Music Director of the popular BBC Television series, "Transatlantic Sessions".
Since 1998, Douglas has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum-selling albums. When not on the road with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Douglas tours with his band in support of his extensive body of work.
Jerry Douglas appeared with Vince Gill on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004 ("Oklahoma Borderline" and "What the Cowgirls Do").
Douglas also made a cameo in the third "United Breaks Guitars" consumer protest video, all of which went viral.
Douglas lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Jill. The couple have two children together and two children from previous marriages.
Douglas has received fourteen Grammy Awards and has won the Country Music Association's 'Musician of the Year' award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007.
In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Douglas a National Heritage Fellowship.
Douglas was named Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Douglas was honored at the 36th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado for his twenty-fifth consecutive year playing in and at the festival.
The Americana Music Association honored Jerry Douglas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
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