The Jerry Douglas Band has been confirmed for the opening position on the Paul Simon 2006 summer tour. Dates include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center. Jerry Douglas' newest CD on KOCH Records, "The Best Kept Secret," is in stores now.

Jerry Douglas, widely regarded as the world's best dobro player, was recently recognized again as Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association, his second such honor, adding to a long list of awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. He has also received 12 Grammy Awards, and an additional 5 NARAS acknowledgements for his work on the "Down from the Mountain" soundtrack. In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts presented Jerry the 2004 National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for the Folk and Traditional Arts.

Although most widely known for his featured role with Alison Krauss and her band, Union Station, Jerry has earned the respect and collaborated with such artists as Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Bela Fleck, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, John Fogerty, Dave Grisman, Trey Anastasio, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris and Earl Scruggs.

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The tour dates with Paul Simon are:

June 28 Columbus, OH OSU Schottenstein Ctr.
June 29 Cleveland, OH Plain Dealer Pavilion
July 1 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 2 Toledo, OH Zoo Amphitheater
July 4 Cooperstown, NY Doubleday Field
July 9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
July 12 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pav.
July 14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
July 16 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Ctr
July 19 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amph.
July 21 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Live
July 22 Houston, TX Mitchell Pavilion
July 24 San Antonio, TX Municipal Auditorium
July 26 Phoenix, AZ Maricopa Events Ctr.
July 30 Lake Tahoe, NV Harvey's Outdoor Arena