It’s been a beautiful summer here in Nebraska. Cooler temperatures than I ever seen for the past ten years I’ve lived here. And tonight is a gorgeous evening, temp about 65 degrees, clear, star-strewn sky and a great night for drinking wine and listening to THE best dobro player I’ve ever heard, Mr. Jerry Douglas. He often plays with Alison Krauss & Union Station, some of the finest bluegrass players around today. Now, for those of you who don’t know it, the dobro is a kind of bluegrass slide guitar. Its tone can be anything from haunting and mournful (see We Hide & Seek) to a rousing romp (Cincinnati rag). We Hide & Seek has been one of my favorite songs of Jerry’s for years, so I’ve included early and more recent versions of the song. I also love his picking on Hey Joe. However, just a word about Hey Joe. I used to do this song with a band when I was a teenager. I loved Jimi Hendrix version of the song. But as I’ve gotten older, I now pay more attention to the words, which, frankly, disgust me. My daughter is a social worker who works with abused women and children and knowing what she deals with, the song’s words make me ashamed of my gender. So, apologies to those who’ve experienced abuse. Try to ignore the lyrics and just listen to the dobro. Also, check out a young Bela Fleck (to be reviewed at a future date) playing Cincinnati rag.
We Hide & Seek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0eLq90iqtk&feature=related
We Hide & Seek v.2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75cz2L1SpNg&feature=related
Little Medley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynj3BobUDfQ
A tribute to Peador O’Donnell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClKSED3yM3w
Wild Rumpus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubi9C_v6bIM&feature=related
Hey Joe (with Tim O’Brien): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62db5rMc2ns
Cincinnati Rag (with Bela Fleck): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7feS-ITKmUU&feature=related
Now, since it’s summer, I’ve got a really nice 2007 Angeline Sauvignon Blanc from California ($10.00) to go with the music on this fine summer night. It’s very close to a New Zealand style with a bouquet of citrus and apples and a taste hinting of grapefruit and lime. Very crisp and refreshing, with a clean after taste. Try it and enjoy Jerry Douglas.