The Earls Of Leicester

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

The Earls Of Leicester

Tue, March 5, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$35.00 - $45.00

The Earls Of Leicester
The Earls Of Leicester
THE EARLS OF LEICESTER - The Grammy© and IBMA award-winning band!

When dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas formed the band in 2013, their mission was ambitious but exact: to preserve and promote the legacy of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, in hopes of reviving the duo’s music for longtime admirers and introducing a new generation to their genre-defining sound. Within a year of releasing their self-titled debut, the Nashville-based six-piece far surpassed their own expectations, winning a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and earning six awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Douglas’ distinctive sound graces more than 1600 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, Douglas has produced albums for Alison Krauss, Del McCoury Band, Maura O’Connell, The Whites, Jesse Winchester, and Steep Canyon Rangers.

As Douglas has pointed out, the most crucial factor in forming the Earls of Leicester was replicating the lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry that long fueled Flatt and Scruggs. “I looked for years to find the group I needed for the alchemy to work,” he said. In the end, Douglas landed on the lineup of Shawn Camp (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton), Jeff White (Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn), Charlie Cushman (Jimmy Martin, Mel Tillis), Johnny Warren (son of Foggy Mountain Boys’ Paul Warren), and Barry Bales (Alison Krauss & Union Station)—and found himself floored by their immediate synergy.

The band released their first live album last month, offering up a selection of songs that fully capture the pure joy and supreme musicianship that propel their every performance.

“Our goal is to go out and reacquaint everybody with the music of Flatt and Scruggs just the way they did it, which means fewer microphones and a good amount of choreography,” said Douglas. “We’re trying to put as much as we can into the music before it even reaches the speakers.”
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/