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Congratulating Jerry Douglas On His Election As A 2004 NEA National Heritage Fellow

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CONGRATULATING JERRY DOUGLAS ON HIS SELECTION AS A 2004 NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOW -- (Extensions of Remarks - June 14, 2004)

SPEECH OF
HON. JIM COOPER
OF TENNESSEE
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2004

Mr. COOPER. Mr. Speaker, every year, the National Endowment for the Arts honors an elite group of master folk and traditional artists for their lifetime contributions to the Nation's musical and artistic heritage. The prestigious National Heritage Fellowships, awarded by the NEA, honor artists not only for their artistic excellence but for their commitment to passing on their skills and cultural traditions to a new generation.

I am especially proud that one of this year's winners hails from the Fifth District of Tennessee. Mr. Jerry Douglas, of Nashville, is a peerless player of the steel guitar, the "Dobro's

Mr. Douglas learned music at an early age, first as a singer and a player of the mandolin and guitar. But he says that once he discovered the Dobro

This prolific career has yielded Mr. Douglas more than 1,000 recordings. He has worked in the company of a diverse array of well-known artists, including Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Reba McEntire, and the late Ray Charles. He is acclaimed by fellow musician Alison Krauss as "the greatest Dobro

I am honored to recognize Mr. Douglas for his achievements and contributions to American music and congratulate him on his recognition by the NEA. It is thanks to artists such as Mr. Douglas that Nashville continues to be proudly known as Music City, USA.

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