Jernigan was born in Pensacola Florida. When
- Doug was
nine years of age
father bought him his first steel guitar. By the time he was
fourteen years old he
playing on the weekends at VFW and Legion Halls in the Pensacola
area. At the
- age of
eighteen he had his
professional job in Ohio prior to being drafted in
into the United States Army.
In his early years
- ('60s &
- Doug has
toured as a backup player for Ferlin Husky,
Houston, Jimmy Dickens, Faron Young,
Clements, Johnny Paycheck, Lorrie Morgan
- and Jack
- and many
road work honed his skills.
In 1977 Doug became a Christian and began to play
church and still does today. He has recorded with Betty Jean
Robinson, Joe Paul Nichols and many other
- For his
many accomplishments on the steel guitar, Doug was inducted into
the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1994.
Today, Doug continues as a recording artist, session player,
teacher of the steel guitar and musician in his
church of River of Life Assembly of God located in Smyrna,
He is married to his wife,
and travels to play his music and testify of the love
- of His
Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
undaunted vision and his many other subsequent achievements led to
his induction into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 1994.
Bradshaw Wrote -
In the early '70s, I was bouncing around Nashville searching for
good steelmen. With me was Sonny Curtis, at that time the steel
player for George Jones' Jones Boys.
passed Demon's Den and heard some guy trying to play hoe-downs on
a steel, but wasn't quite cutting it. Sonny and I elbowed our way
inside and learned that the player was Doug Jernigan.
That was the first time I had heard Doug, although word of him had
been circulating for some time. I commented to Sonny that no one
would ever be able to play steel at the speed of a fiddle or banjo
player, except for short riffs.
- I told
Sonny, "The kid should give up trying." Fortunately, Doug never
heard my comment, not that he should have paid any attention.
From the beginning, Doug was a visionary. He knew the steel guitar
was capable of being played at speeds that rivaled the three other
lead instruments more identified
their speed of playing: the fiddle, guitar, and banjo.
- Doug was
determined, eventually perfecting banjo rolls and fiddle riffs
Doug Jernigan then duplicated most of the tunes previously
reserved for these instruments alone to play. Those skills and
talent have become Doug's major identifying markers. In those
Jernigan became the fastest picking steelman of his day.
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- In 1970
Ron Lashley of the Emmons Guitar Company recognized Doug's talent
and produced his first album, Uptown To Country.
album was one of the finest ever recorded and surely ranks in the
top 50 even to this day. Since then, Doug has recorded many more
billing on others,
- and has
been the session steel guitarist on countless recordings by renown
country music artists such as Faron Young, Little Jimmy Dickins,
Lorrie Morgan, and David Frizzell.
Doug is not secretive and shares his playing abilities through a
number of course booklets that are available.
cream of that instructional crop is listed elsewhere in this
informative steel guitar website also personal one on one
instruction is available.
Those hoe-downs and banjo rolls look easy when revealed
tablature form. Keep in mind that Doug was perhaps the first one
to figure out how to get them to flow from his E9th tuning, from
beginning to end and with continuity.
Today, Doug tours as a concert performer, records with a host of
Country Music stars and plays on the Opry constantly. He is one of
the top 10 players in the world.
Doug Jernigan delivers country, bluegrass, jazz, pop, and blues
with ease. Additionally, few are aware that he is also an
accomplished Dobro player.
Besides all of the above,
- Doug is
a gentleman, dedicated to giving back what joy the instrument has
miss an opportunity to see him in concert or contact Doug Jernigan
for personal instruction.
written by Phil Burton