When: Thu., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2011
Alison Krauss has made quite a career for herself. She's won 26 Grammys since her first, in 1991, when she was 20. The gifted fiddler's musical career kicked off six years earlier with her debut, Different Strokes. Her high, strong voice—almost vibratoless—blows like a cool night breeze across the bluegrass and folk stylings that characterize much of her early repertoire.
While her work on the soundtracks for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain helped give rise to the increased interest in Americana music, by the time of O Brother, Krauss already had begun to soft-pedal the earthy bluegrass sound in favor of a more ballad-centric mix of country and adult contemporary. Her 1999 solo disc, Forget About It, and 2001's New Favorite, both with her longtime band Union Station, explored a much slicker Nashville country sound. In 2007, Krauss reconnected with O Brother producer T Bone Burnett and returned to her folk roots, collaborating with singer Robert Plant on the evocative Raising Sand. Their voices blended wonderfully on what is perhaps her finest album to date. In April, Krauss reunited with Union Station for Paper Airplane, their first album in seven years, which marks a return to the group's early bluegrass sound. Dawes opens. —Chris Parker