An avalanche of awards and accolades testify to Jerry Douglas's undisputed status as the world's greatest dobro player. Along with 13 Grammys, multiple country and Americana recognitions, and thousands of recording sessions with everyone from Ray Charles to Elvis Costello to the Chieftains, Douglas has been a key member of groundbreaking groups like the Country Gentlemen, J. D. Crowe & the New South, and, recently, Alison Krauss and Union Station. Traveler, his 14th solo album, shows off Douglas's wide eclecticism with a slew of heavyweight guests. Juggling sparkling dobro and equally evocative lap steel guitar, Douglas offers a languid, bluesy version of Chris Kenner's New Orleans classic "Something You Got" with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, and a bristling Crescent City horn section; sings lively blues harmonies with Del McCoury on Leadbelly's "On a Monday" while his slide guitar slithers; seamlessly fuses Paul Simon's "American Tune" and Chick Corea's "Spain" into a strikingly poignant instrumental; and tears off on "So Here We Are," an original jazzgrass southern rocker with bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Omar Hakim. The latter accomplished pair will back Douglas here. $50 at 7 p.m. $40 at 9 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.5299.
Thu., Sept. 6, 7 & 9 p.m., 2012