Alison Krauss Keeps Her Pace After Quick Start

GAC Music Beat

By Ronna Rubin

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At 34, musician, singer and producer Alison Krauss has achieved more career milestones than most people do in a lifetime.


June 19, 2006--At 34, musician, singer and producer Alison Krauss has achieved more career milestones than most people do in a lifetime. For starters, she is The Recording Academy's most honored female artist, having amassed 20 Grammys. And she is tied for seventh on the all-time winner's list.

The soft-spoken artist, along with band member Dan Tyminski, stops by GAC Nights, (June 27, 8 pm EDT/PDT) for a rare interview and shares some little-known facts about her latest LP, "Lonely Runs Both Ways," which took home this year's Grammy for Best Country Album.

"This was probably the most unprepared we've ever been," she said about the recording process for the current record. "We didn't have all the songs we needed before we went in ... In times past we've always known all of the songs we were going to record. This time we said 'We'll find them as we need them.'"

Making a record is most certainly a group effort for Krauss and her band, Union Station, a group of highly lauded musicians, including Grammy winners Jerry Douglas and Tyminski.

"We spend time at someone's house throwing ideas back and fourth to see what feels good and what doesn't," says Tyminski who plays acoustic guitar and provides lead and harmony vocals. "I've found myself falling in love with songs and having no idea what they are about. I don't hear the lyric first ... I have to listen to it many times before I hear the lyric."

A child prodigy, Krauss began playing the violin at age 5. "When we were kids, my mother tried to find interesting things for us to do," she says of her early days in Champaign, Ill. "She wanted to get us involved in music, in addition to art and sports. I started out in classical music and then got on to fiddle and bluegrass."

By age 10, Krauss was sitting in with a country band, and by 14, she had signed with Rounder Records, the label she remains with today. "When I think back on that time--from about age 14 to 16--there was just something new all the time," she says. Ten studio albums later, Krauss remains at the top of her game.

She also is recognized as an accomplished record producer, having worked with the likes of Nickel Creek, Reba McEntire and The Cox Family. As a guest vocalist or instrumentalist, she's contributed her talents to albums of every musical genre: classical, jazz, pop, country, bluegrass and even polka.

Her work has also been found on soundtracks to such films as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Cold Mountain and Twister.

Touring dates for Alison Krauss and Union Station:

Nov. 8, Orleans Casino, Las Vegas

Nov. 9, Reno Hilton, Reno, Nev.

Nov. 11, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, Calif.

Nov. 12, Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco

Nov. 14, Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, Ariz.

(Ronna Rubin, a 21-year veteran of the music industry, can be contacted at ronna@gacmusicbeat.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)

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