For Alison Krauss, musical collaboration has been a way of life. Her own story, of course, has been nothing short of amazing: signed to Rounder Records as a precocious, 14 year-old fiddler from Champaign, Illinois, she has, over two decades, become the most recognized face in contemporary bluegrass and a critically acclaimed artist who has brought modern sophistication to the genre while respecting its traditions. Alison Krauss has also managed to sell over 11.5 million records and garner 26 Grammy® Awards, the most for any female artist in Grammy® history. Alison Krauss has consistently worked to honor her influences, like contemporary bluegrass pioneer Tony Rice, to promote discoveries like the Cox Family and Nickel Creek and to offer her skills as producer for those artists and others, most recently, country star Alan Jackson.
Alison Krauss has released eleven albums, appeared on numerous soundtracks, and helped renew interest in bluegrass music in the United States. Her soundtrack performances have led to further popularity, including the Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, an album also credited with raising American interest in bluegrass, and the Cold Mountain soundtrack, which led to her performance at the 2004 Academy Awards. During her career she has won 26 Grammy Awards, making her the most awarded female artist (and the third most awarded artist overall) in Grammy history.
Alison Krauss' latest musical collaboration, Raising Sand, is an astonishing album recorded in tandem with rock vocalist and songwriter Robert Plant. Raising Sand proved revelatory to fans and the media on two counts: first that it happened at all, and, more importantly, that is is as successful an illuminating as it is. In 2009, Raising Sand won 5 Grammys for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, Record of The Year and Album of The Year as well as well as Best Country Collaboration for "Killing The Blues" and Best Pop Collaboration for "Rich Woman" .
Under the careful sonic stewardship of producer T Bone Burnett, Raising Sand is pitched three steps beyond some cosmic collision of early urban blues, spacious West Texas country, and the unrealized potential of the folk-rock revolution. Shockingly evocative, it is an album that uncovers popular music's elemental roots while sounding effortlessly, breath-takingly modern. Despite hailing from distinctly different backgrounds, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss share a maverick spirit and willingness to extend the boundaries of their respective genres.
Just before the release of Raising Sand, Alison Krauss released A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection, an elegantly understated disc with several previously released collaborations with such artists and friends as Brad Paisley, John Waite, James Taylor, Natalie MacMaster and The Chieftains, along with songs she cut for the films Cold Mountain, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and an "inspired by" album for the animated The Prince Of Egypt. She also recorded and produced five new tracks, including a soulful slow-dance tempo of Don Williams' "Lay Down Beside Me" with Rounder Records label-mate Waite, to create something far more than just a compilation. With 16 songs, A Hundred Miles or More gracefully balances the new with the familiar to form a vivid portrait of this adventurous artist, chronicling the places she's been and showcasing the hauntingly beautiful solo work Alison Krauss has been making.
While Union Station, Krauss' bluegrass jaugernaut, took a hiatus from touring for most of 2006, Alison Krauss took full advantage of the down time to explore new musical horizons. Her production of Alan Jackson's 2006 release, Like Red on a Rose, which the Chicago Sun-Times declared "a masterpiece," took the best-selling artist out of his familiar surroundings to create a moody, intimate song cycle that has been favorably compared to Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours. The New York Times described it as "a deeply country record that sounds nothing like a country record." Following the project with Jackson, she recorded the five new tracks for the collection release and worked with long time engineer Gary Paczosa to remix several of the other tracks. As other musical opportunities arose, she relished the opportunity to work, guesting as harmony vocalist or fiddler on several outside projects. Last December, she traveled to Washington, DC to salute Dolly Parton - no slouch herself in the bluegrass department - at the Kennedy Center Honors, performing Parton's classics "Jolene" and "My Tennessee Mountain Home" with her friends Suzanne Cox (of the Cox Family) and Cheryl White (of the vocal trio The Whites).
Alison Krauss' has also been on the receiving end of 8 Country Music Association Awards, including Musical Event of the Year for "Whiskey Lullaby" with Brad Paisley, originally released on Paisley's Mud on the Tires and reprised on A Hundred Miles or More. The International Bluegrass Music Association Awards have honored Alison Krauss on 14 occasions, most recently for Livin', Lovin', Losin' - Songs of the Louvin Brothers, which features her duet with James Taylor, "How's the World Treating You," also included on the new album. The two tracks she cut for the Cold Mountain soundtrack, "The Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love" (with Sting on harmony vocals) were nominated for Oscars in 2004.
More impressive, however, than any of these accolades has been Alison Krauss' unwavering commitment to being an independent-label artist who has succeeded far beyond the scope of many major-label artists. She's been able to circulate freely within pop, mainstream country and roots music circles, creating impeccably produced records that appeal to an equally wide-ranging and inquisitive audience. Alison Krauss has continued doing things the old-fashioned way: following her heart and whatever path the music takes her.
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|Different Strokes||1985||Fiddle Tunes|
|Two Highways||1987||Rounder Records|
|Two Highways||1989||Rounder Records|
|I've Got That Old Feeling||1990||Rounder Records|
|Every Time You Say Goodbye||1992||Rounder Records|
|I Know Who Holds Tomorrow||1994||Rounder Records|
|Now That I've Found You: A Collection||1995||Rounder Records|
|So Long So Wrong||1997||Rounder Records|
|Forget About It||1999||Rounder Records|
|New Favorite||2001||Rounder Records|
|Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live||2002||Rounder Records|
|Lonely Runs Both Ways||2004||Rounder Records|
|Home on the Highways||2005||Rounder Records|
|A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection||2007||Rounder Records|
|Raising Sand||2007||Rounder Records|
|The Essential Allison Krauss||2009||Decca Records|
|Paper Airplane||2011||Rounder Records|