John Hiatt and The Jerry Douglas Band hit the road!
They have a new album out, and are making their way across the U.S.A. to perform it live. Tickets in my locale (Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon) are a modest $49.50 (plus $11 "booking fee"---what a racket!). Hiatt is a great live performer; I saw him a few times in L.A., once with the great Goners backing him, once as a member of Little Village, the supergroup composed of he, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner. Damn!), and The Jerry Douglas Band (whom I saw at the same Portland venue their last time through town) is composed of virtuoso-level musicians.
Jerry is one of my favorite living musicians, the dobro player heard on a LOT of Bluegrass and Country albums, and a member of Union Station, the band Alison Krauss employs (she and Jerry have a kid together). Along with Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives (currently the best band in the world, imo)---unfortunately sold out, THE shows of the year!