July 28, 2005 16:59 ET

Jerry Douglas: New Album the Best Kept Secret Out September 20th on KOCH Records

Trucks, Krauss, Fogerty, Frisell Lend a Hand

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 28, 2005 -- Virtuoso Jerry Douglas, a musician and creator whose dobro work has revolutionized an instrument and helped define American roots, country, and bluegrass music, has finished work on a solo album "The Best Kept Secret," slated for release September 20th, 2005 on KOCH Records.

Kicking off with the slippery and driving groove of "She Makes Me Want To Sing" featuring fellow slide-master Derek Trucks, the album's 11 tracks are the most ambitious and accessible work to date for Douglas, marking the masterwork of a key musical explorer and a testament to his evolving creative spirit.

"The Best Kept Secret" takes an inclusive tack. On "Who's Your Uncle," regular co-conspirators Bela Fleck and Sam Bush whip it up on a series of blistering choruses, while on "Back In Love Again" Douglas unveils a new slinky -- one could even say funky -- side from singer Alison Krauss.

Basic roots attitude rules on the Bob Willis classic "Swing Blues No. 1," a duet with John Fogerty. Douglas brings depth and heart felt sensitivity to the Joe Zawinul ballad "A Remark You Made," and, aided by guitar ace Bill Frisell, a country backbeat to the original "Lil' RoRo."

Backed on most tracks by Gabe Witcher (violin, B-3), Keith Sewell (guitars), Shannon Forrest (drums and percussion), and Derek Jones (Acoustic bass), "The Best Kept Secret" was produced by Douglas and recorded earlier this year. Douglas is currently on tour with Union Station.

Called "dobro's matchless contemporary master," by The New York Times, nine time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music, both as a solo artist and member of groundbreaking bands including J.D. Crowe & the New South, the Country Gentlemen, and most recently Alison Krauss & Union Station. Douglas' distinctive sound graces more than 1500 albums, including discs released by Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Ray Charles, among many others.

For more information on Jerry Douglas, please contact Nick Baily ( at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171 OR Giovanna Melchiorre at 212-353-8800x257 /

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