Alison Krauss & Union Station
Dobro master and 14-time GRAMMY winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar, elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Additionally, Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording and touring artist whose output incorporates elements of country, bluegrass, rock, jazz, blues, and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision.
Called "Dobro's matchless contemporary master" by The New York Times, three-time CMA Musician of the Year award recipient Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music as a solo artist, band leader for The Jerry Douglas Band and his GRAMMY winning bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester, as well as a member of groundbreaking ensembles including Alison Krauss & Union Station, J.D. Crowe & the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Boone Creek, and Strength In Numbers. Douglas shines and soars. His distinctive sound graces more than 1500 albums with artists such as Garth Brooks, George Jones, Paul Simon, Little Big Town, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs, Ray Charles, Dierks Bentley, and Tommy Emmanuel, among many others.
In addition to touring, Douglas has co-produced and performed on a series of platinum albums. He has produced albums for Alison Krauss, Del McCoury Band, Maura O’Connell, The Whites, Jesse Winchester, Steep Canyon Rangers, and recently John Hiatt. He is co-music director of the acclaimed BBC Scotland TV series Transatlantic Sessions. In 2004, Douglas was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts with an American Heritage Fellowship, and he served as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Artist In Residence” in 2008.
As Jerry Douglas continues his incalculable influence on country, Americana, bluegrass and their many related genres, he forges ahead as a true pioneer in American music. Jerry has been a member of AKUS since 1998.
In 1994, Dan Tyminski joined AKUS to play guitar and sing. On his own, the Vermont native was the singing voice of George Clooney in the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” winning the 2001 CMA Single of the Year for the Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow.” O Brother’s success helped ignite a renewed – and more mainstream – interest in bluegrass music. Loved by traditionalists and progressives alike as one of the best tenor vocalists alongside legends Ralph Stanley, Bobby Osborne, and Ricky Skaggs, Tyminski is truly a titan in his own right.
His voice reached across genres when he recorded the vocals for the global smash “Hey Brother” for Swedish DJ/electronic dance pioneer Avicii. Hailed by NPR for “softening the boundary lines between vastly different genres and approaches by placing an emphasis on mood and tone,” the 14 Grammy winner who came to AKUS from the Lonesome River Band was praised by The Los Angeles Times for his voice and its “hardscrabble sound that’s much more eastern Kentucky than Yankee Vermont.”
When not taking music to the world, Tyminski is also a sought after collaborator, writing and recording with Leann Rimes, Joan Osborne, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Charlie Haden and a storied list of others. A championship foosball player and accomplished golfer, he’s one of Golf Digest’s Top 10 Golfers in Music and can be found participating in several charity tournaments every year.