Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London, 6th February 2020

In its 17th year with little change to the formula, how do the Transatlantic Sessions keep packing out some of the larger venues up and down the country? Quite simple; hosts and musical directors, respectively, the dobro and fiddle aces Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain, have pulled together a formidable “house band” of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic around whom they invite new guests each year. Douglas and Bain’s good humour and light touch is infectious. With minimal rehearsals they put on shows of such cohesion that all these musicians sound as if they’ve been together for years. Continue reading “Transatlantic Sessions, Royal Festival Hall, London, 6th February 2020”

Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year

The crossover man who puts the “meh” into amehricana, Chris Staplegun has done it again. Oh and people should be prosecuted for beating Jerry Douglas in any category. Rolling Stone reports: “The 51st CMA Awards were held in Nashville on Wednesday, with Garth Brooks taking home the night’s top honor of Entertainer of the Year for the sixth time in his storied career. Brooks, who triumphed over Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, returned from hiatus in 2014 and launched a sprawling world tour that will continue through the end of 2017. Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton wound up as the night’s most-awarded performers, with two wins each. Continue reading “Chris Stapleton wins CMA album of the year”

Jason Isbell and Jerry Douglas cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” – Watch

A match made in heaven as it were.  RS Country report: “”I’d like to bring out a very special guest,” Jason Isbell told a hometown crowd at the Ryman Auditorium last night, during the final moments of his band’s unprecedented, six-night run at the historic venue. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best musician in town, which makes him high on the list of the best musicians in the whole wide world. Our dear friend, Mr. Jerry Douglas.” Continue reading “Jason Isbell and Jerry Douglas cover Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” – Watch”