“Undisputed master of Dobro” plays The Ark Thursday

The Jerry Douglas Band will be playing The Ark at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. Tickets are $35.

The undisputed master of the Dobro, Jerry Douglas was a teenager playing in a band in Lexington, Kt., the first time he heard Weather Report and Chick Corea  on the same day. More than 40 years later, he remembers the moment vividly.

“It blew my head off,” he says. “I loved it. And I thought, well, there’s where I could go with all this stuff running around in my head.”

All this stuff is the remarkable music Douglas has made on Dobro and lap steel in a career that’s earned him world renown as the top purveyor of his craft.

On his latest musical foray, “What If,” Douglas decisively merges those jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul he has spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he or anyone else has done before.

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