(Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI - October 17th, 2006)
Always a noted and well-respected dobro player, Jerry Douglas' new album, The Best Kept Secret shows a different side to his wonderful instrumental style. And here tonight at the wonderful, and acoustically perfect Fox Theatre in Detroit he brings proof positive to the fore that such a multi-talented composer/producer/and non-singing musician can indeed bring an audience to its feet in appreciation.
At 7.30pm on the button the lights go down and Jerry and his four other musicians quietly take to the stage. Warming up with the first song, they all begin to find each other with 'The Wild Rumpus.' "How y'all doin'?" Douglas genuinely asks. "We're gonna play some songs while you find your seats. Seat-finding entertainment is what it is," he jokes, to the audiences amusement.
Whether they be bathed in blue, red, or yellow lights, the seemingly tightly cramped together band (found center stage of what was to later become Paul Simon's set) played their music as if there were royalty in the house. A sauntering cover of Weather Report's melodic '80s hit 'A Remark You Made' is next and as a purple glow descends upon them Douglas (who is quite possibly the undisputed master of the shimmering Dobro at this time) begins to musically freewheel his way through the set's penultimate song.
"Thanks for listening to us," he ventures forth. 'And we've got one more song to play for you." Ending the set with the highly-impressive, fast-paced and fiddle-influenced 'Who's Your Uncle,' the yellow lights add a warm glow to his shiny Dobro as it springs to dizzying life one last time.
Review by: Russell A. Trunk