Alison Krauss & Union Station

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Alison Krauss and Union Station - Interview with Bob Harris

Bob talks to bluegrass supergroup Alison Krauss and Union Station.

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Alison Maria Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for the first time at fourteen. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.

She has released fourteen 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 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.

As of 2012, she has won 27 Grammy Awards from 41 nominations, tying her with Quincy Jones as the most awarded living recipient, second only to the late classical conductor Sir Georg Solti who holds the record for most wins of all time (31). She is the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy history. At the time of her first, the 1991 Grammy Awards, she was the second youngest winner (currently tied as the ninth youngest).

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Paper Airplane

    Paper Airplane 2011

    Reviewed by Nick Barraclough
    Bluegrass superstar’s new album is a fine addition to her impressive catalogue.
  2. Review of Lonely Runs Both Ways

    Lonely Runs Both Ways 2004

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    The band which has defined the sound of contemporary bluegrass over the last decade...
  3. Review of Live


    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Krauss and Co. provide us with a late contender for the Album of the Year! Simply...
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