The result was a creative renaissance that's firmly established Douglas as a bona fide genius on the dobro. He joined Alison Krauss & Union Station for a string of Grammy-winning albums and was tapped by the Coen Brothers for the landmark soundtrack to their film O Brother Where Art Thou? ' including the film's runaway hit "Man of Constant Sorrow." He's earned Musician of the Year honors from the Country Music Association, and The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Douglas a National Heritage Fellowship in 2004.
But Douglas shines brightest in his solo performances and albums. Free from the constraints of session work or sideman duties, Douglas takes the dobro's country roots to new heights, blazing away with a freewheeling mix incorporating jazz, blues, rock and Celtic influences into a singular sound. That sound is on display on his most recent album, The Best Kept Secret, and Douglas brings that artistry to Lafayette next week for a Louisiana Crossroads concert performance to benefit the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Fund. It's the second Lafayette appearance for Douglas, who enthralled local fans at a 2001 performance for the Comeaux Fund. And to sweeten the pot, local slide guitar master Sonny Landreth will once again be sitting in with Douglas, promising a night of fretboard fireworks from two musical visionaries whose talents are hardly a secret anymore.
The Jerry Douglas Band performs with special guest Sonny Landreth at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at UL Lafayette's Angelle Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $30 and $50 seats are reserved and include admission to a post-show reception. Proceeds benefit the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Fund. Jerry Douglas also performs in Lake Charles Wednesday, Jan. 24, and Baton Rouge Friday, Jan. 26. For tickets or more info, call 233-7060 or visit www.LouisianaCrossroads.org. For more information on the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Fund, visit www.tommycomeaux.org.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
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Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.