Jerry Douglas - Lookout for Hope

Lookout for Hope

Jerry Douglas


Sugar Hill Records
PO Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717-55300

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price

The Dobro is considered by some to be an instrument associated with either the palm trees of Hawaii or the weepy overtones of a country ballad. Countering this characterization is Jerry Douglas, whose artistry has not only risen above his peers, but has redefined the perceived limitations of his instrument. Life magazine called him "one of the ten best country musicians of all time." That would be both understating Douglas' prowess and failing to recognize his ability to move beyond the country genre.

Lookout for Hope offers one the chance to hear Douglas out front, playing tunes which show both his range as a musician and the range he has given the Dobro. There are soft ballads, classic rock, jazz and Appalachian music skillfully woven together. One flows naturally into another.

The title tune of the album is a ten minute jazz piece offers one a chance to hear just what the Dobro can do in the hands of Douglas. Written by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, Douglas plays it with the dual percussive mandolins of Sam Bush and Chris Thile (no drums), and also includes Bryan Sutton and Trey Anastasio (from Phish) on guitar. The album opens with "Little Martha", the Allman Brothers classic, soulfully drawing you in. Douglas gives this southern rock classic a new voice.

Every time Jerry Douglas gets involved in a new project, one wonders if he has finally hit the peak. On the contrary-- his musicality is always looking upward.

Track Listing

  • Little Martha (Duane Allman)
  • Patrick Meets the Brickbats (Jerry Douglas)
  • Footsteps Fall (Hewerdine, Boo/Bjer)
  • Monkey Let the Hogs Out (Jerry Douglas)
  • Lookout for Hope (Bill Frisell)
  • Cave Bop (Jerry Douglas)
  • Senia's Lament (Jerry Douglas)
  • The Wild Rumpus (Jerry Douglas)
  • The Sinking Ship (Jerry Douglas)
  • In the Sweet By and By (Traditional)
  • The Suit (Hugh Prestwood)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2002, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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