Alison Krauss and Union Station ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Alison Krauss & Union Station

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Alison Krauss + Union Station have spent two decades taking the mournful, high, lonesome sound of bluegrass out of the mountains and into the mainstream. With their first release in three years, Lonely Runs Both Ways, the band teamed up with some of their favorite songwriters to produce“a beautiful meditation on heartbreak” (Entertainment Weekly).

Alison Krauss (fiddle and vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar and vocals), Barry Bales (bass and vocals), Ron Block (banjo, guitar, and vocals) and Jerry Douglas (dobro) have spent the last few years working on soundtracks and putting out live recordings. For Lonely Runs Both Ways, the group worked with some of their favorite writers and performers including Robert Lee Castleman, Mindy Smith, Del McCoury, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings for a CD that “mixes progressive and old-time bluegrass, honky-tonk and traditional country and a dash of folk — a blend that defies pigeonholing” (U.S. News & World Report).

Even with an abundance of awards for the band and the individuals in it — Krauss has won more Grammy Awards than any other female artist in the history of the awards — the group is still surprised by their success. “We’re not making dance music,” Krauss said. “Sometimes I can’t believe we’ve gotten played on the radio at all, but I’ve got no complaints.”

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