The winner of four Grammys for Best Bluegrass Album, Douglas was also named Musician of the Year three times by the Country Music Association and is a past recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His signature resonating sound has become one of the most-sought-out in the country and roots music business and led to a 15-year period where he would play three recording sessions a day.
Band or no band, change is no obstacle to Douglas.
“I’ll be playing a lot of tunes that they’ve seen me playing with my band before,” Douglas said. “And I’ll be playing some tunes that you can’t really play with a band. I play a lot of solo pieces anyway, and I’ll be doing some of those things. I’ll also be improvising a lot, probably. It’s fun to go out on a limb and saw it off. See where you land.”
New Hampshire native and world-class fiddler Joyce Andersen will open for Douglas and is no stranger to Newburyport herself, having appeared in the past with her husband and guitarist, Harvey Reid. Andersen also opened for Richard and Teddy Thompson when they played here.
If you go
What: Jerry Douglas performs
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: Newburyport City Hall auditorium, 60 Pleasant St.
How much: $38. Available online at www.heptunesconcerts.com and in Newburyport at Dyno Records, 1 Middle St., and Ganesh Imports, 33 State St.