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    Alison Krauss (& Union Station)

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    Genre:Ethnic/Folk, Country
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    When You Say Nothing At All lyrics
    Lie Awake lyrics
    Empty Hearts lyrics
    4The Longest Highway lyrics
    5Looking in the Eyes of Love lyrics
    6Morrison's Reel lyrics
    Paper Airplane lyrics
    8Maybe lyrics
    The Smile On Your Face lyrics
    10Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Lonely Runs Both Ways [Rounder] [2004]
    So Long So Wrong [Rounder] [1997]
    Home on the Highways [Rounder/Cracker Barrel] [2005]
    I Know Who Holds Tomorrow [Rounder] [1994]
    Live [Rounder] [2002]
    Paper Airplane [2011]
    New Favorites [Rounder] [2001]
    Every Time You Say Goodbye [Rounder] [1992]
    Forget About It [Rounder] [1999]
    I've Got That Old Feeling [Rounder] [1990]


    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 regiments 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, the 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: everything from "Orange Blossom Special" to the
    Beatles' "I Will" and Shawn Colvin's "I Don't Know Why" were
    covered. 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 the spring 1997. Forget About It
    followed in mid-1999. A year later, Alison 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

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