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Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss helped bring bluegrass to a new audience in the '90s. Blending bluegrass with folk, Krauss was instantly acclaimed from the start of her career, but it wasn't until her platinum-selling 1995 compilation Now That I've Found You that she became a mainstream star. Between her 1987 debut Too Late to Cry and Now That I've Found You, she matured from a child prodigy to a versatile, ambitious, and diverse musician and, in the process, made some of the freshest bluegrass of the late '80s and early '90s.

When she was five years old, Krauss began playing the violin, taking classical lessons. She soon tired of the regimen of classical playing and began performing country and bluegrass licks. At the age of eight, she began entering talent contests in and around her native Champaign, IL. Two years later, she had her own band. In 1983, when she was 12 years old, she won the Illinois State Fiddle Championship and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America named her the Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest. In 1985, Krauss made her recording debut on an album, playing on a record made by her brother Viktor, Jim Hoiles, and Bruce Weiss. The album was called Different Strokes and appeared on the independent Fiddle Tunes label. Later that year, she signed to Rounder Records. She was 14 years old at the time.

Too Late to Cry, Krauss' debut album, appeared in 1987 to very positive reviews. The album was recorded with Krauss' backup band, the Union Station, which featured guitarist Jeff White, banjoist Alison Brown, and bassist Viktor Krauss; the following year, the group won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America's National Band Championship contest. In 1989, Krauss and Union Station released Two Highways, which was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Recording. Although the album didn't win the award, her next album, 1990's I've Got That Old Feeling, did. The success of I've Got That Old Feeling was unprecedented for bluegrass acts in the '80s and it laid the groundwork for Krauss' breakthrough in the '90s. By this time, Union Station's lineup had more or less settled. It now featured mandolinist Adam Steffey, banjoist/guitarist Ron Block, bassist Barry Bales, and guitarist Tim Stafford; Stafford later left the group and was replaced by Dan Tyminski.

In 1992, Alison Krauss & Union Station released Every Time You Say Goodbye, which featured a typically eclectic array of material. The album appeared in the country charts and Krauss' videos were shown on Country Music Television. I Know Who Holds Tomorrow was released in 1994 and was even more successful. But it was the 1995 compilation Now That I've Found You: A Collection that made Krauss a star. The album reached number two on the country charts and -- even more remarkably -- went into the pop Top Ten and sold over a million copies. Its success confirmed her status as bluegrass' leading light in the '90s.

Krauss & Union Station followed the unexpected success of Now That I've Found You with So Long, So Wrong in spring 1997. Forget About It followed in mid-1999. A year later, Krauss & Union Station joined the likes of John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, and others for the multi-million-selling soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? A North American tour showcasing some of the album's stellar musicians followed in summer 2002, allowing Krauss and her band's popularity to soar. New Favorite appeared in November and went gold within four months. A live album followed soon after, and in 2004 Krauss released Lonely Runs Both Ways. A Hundred Miles or More, a collection drawn from Krauss' Rounder albums, along with sides recorded for various soundtrack projects and five previously unreleased tracks, appeared in 2007. Also appearing in 2007 was Raising Sand, an acclaimed, multi-platinum collaboration with Robert Plant. She was back with Union Station for 2011’s Paper Airplane, which was self-produced by the band and engineered by Mike Shipley. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection

1. You're Just A Country Boy

2. Simple Love

3. Jacob's Dream

4. Away Down The River

5. Sawing On The Strings

6. Down To The River To Pray

7. Baby Mine

8. Molly Bán (Bawn)

9. How's The World Treating You

10. The Scarlet Tide

11. Whiskey Lullaby

12. You Will Be My Ain True Love

13. I Give You This Heart

14. Get Me Through December

15. Missing You

16. Lay Down Beside Me

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Track List: Forget About It

1. Stay

2. Forget About It

3. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference

4. Maybe

5. Empty Hearts

6. Never Got Off The Ground

7. Ghost In This House

8. It Don't Matter Now

9. That Kind Of Love

10. Could You Lie

11. Dreaming My Dreams With You

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Track List: Now That I've Found You

1. Baby, Now That I've Found You

2. Oh, Atlanta

3. Broadway

4. Everytime You Say Goodbye

5. Tonight I'll Be Lonely Too

6. Teardrops Will Kiss The Morning Dew

7. Sleep On

8. When God Dips His Pen Of Love In My Heart

9. I Will

10. I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby

11. In The Palm Of Your Hand

12. When You Say Nothing At All

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Track List: I've Got That Old Feeling

1. I've Got That Old Feeling

2. Dark Skies

3. Wish I Still Had You

4. Endless Highway

5. Winter Of A Broken Heart

6. It's Over

7. Will You Be Leaving

8. Steel Rails

9. Tonight I'll Be Lonely Too

10. One Good Reason

11. That Makes One Of Us

12. Longest Highway

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Track List: Too Late To Cry

1. Too Late To Cry

2. Foolish Heart

3. Song For Life

4. Dusty Miller

5. If I Give My Heart

6. In Your Eyes

7. Don't Follow Me

8. Gentle River

9. On The Borderline

10. Forgotten Pictures

11. Sleep On

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bwellsandt
Alison my sweet Angel love your voice very much!!!
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❤️️❤️️❤️️ her songs
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Your sound is amazing. Getting a heavy dose on my Mark knoffler station. Thank you to Robert Plant for introducing you to me.
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Such a pretty voice you are my idol
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bwellsandt
Alison love your Angel Voice very much!!
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Love you Alison.
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Alison I could listen to your Angel Voice all day it is so soothing!!!! ! !
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Alison with the sweet Angel Voice love you and your music!!!!
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Alison love your Angel Voice very much!!!
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I hope so !! If only you could see that those are the only times I smile anymore !! The only thing and the best puts a smile on my face !!!!
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I love your songs!!
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bwellsandt
Alison you have the sweetest voice I have ever heard!!!!!!
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gypsyme3
So .. 5 days will b tuff .. b ut enjoy your holliday!!
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bwellsandt
Alison I love your Angel Voice very much!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXX O X O ! ! ! !
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You say it best when you say nothing at all!!! The touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever i fall!!! ❤ Beautiful song!!!
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bwellsandt
Alison you are a beautiful Angel with the sweetest voice I have ever heard!!!!
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Sorry Ms Krauss..
Not a great cover of a great song...:(
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she has an amazing voice
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bwellsandt
Alison love you and your Angel voice very much!!!XOXOX O X O X O X O ! ! !
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bwellsandt
Alison you are an excellent fiddle player with an Angelic voice love your music very much!!!!
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railrunner67
love to see you on the awards when they have them on tv! but for some reason I never see you on the show!
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railrunner67
love your voice and song picks,and really love union station when you all play together,and you play the violin! fantastic!!
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bwellsandt
Alison you are sooo beautiful love your Angel Voice very much!!! XOXOXOXOXOXO ! ! !
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bwellsandt
Alison you have such a sweet voice love all of your music very much!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!
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You have a beautiful voice.
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bwellsandt
Love your Angel Voice sooo much Alison!!!!
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I. Love. You. And. All. Of. Your. Songs.
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She picks great songs, sand makes them her own!
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bwellsandt
Angel Voice sweet and beautiful Alison!!!!
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ANGEL VOICE!!!!!!
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Thank You Alison for sharing the gift God gave you as a Angel Voice with the whole world!!!!!
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It's amazing how you can speak to my heart, without saying a thing...
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bwellsandt
Alison you have the sweetest voice I have ever heard, love it very much!!!!!!
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She really outdid herself on this one. It is a lasting classic
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Alison I love your Angel voice very much!!!!!!
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bwellsandt
Alison ( Angel Voice) love your voice very much!!!!
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Sounds =+ hawaaian to me.....
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bwellsandt
Angel voice I could listen to her voice all day long!!!!!!
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bwellsandt
Alison your music should have The Good Heart seal from the A.M.A. because it lowers peoples blood pressure!!!! ! ! Angel Voice!!!!!!! !
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I love ❤️ Down to The River to Pray and you have a good ��
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Alison I LOVE, LOVE your Angel Voice soooo much!!!
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Brad Paisley is the male voice.ljdavi s m .
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Alison ( Angel Voice) Krauss the sweetest sound I have ever heard love you a lot!!!!
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Who does the malevocal in whiskey
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Angel Voice, Alison I LOVE your sooo much!!!!
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This song has a very special place in my heart.❤ love it.....
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Angel Voice!!!
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Y you choose 2 go private from me? The truth is where it should be EC
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Sometimes a song says it all...
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I love Alison Krauss
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