You might have heard of Alison Krauss. After all, she has won 26 Grammy Awards. Yes, that's 2-6. That's approximately 1.8 Grammy's per album (she's released 14), making her the most-awarded female artist in Grammy history. In addition, she's been named "The most promising fiddler by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America" and has written music for movie soundtracks, most notably O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain. Not that bad for someone who isn't yet 40 years old.
Krauss, originally from Decatur, Ill., began her career a bluegrass wunderkind, signing with Rounder Records at the age of 14. Krauss's silky smooth voice and effortless fiddle playing has garnered her millions of loyal followers and her fresh-faced, Claire Danes-esque looks don't hurt her substantial male fan base, either.
Krauss recently made waves with Raising Sand, her 2007 platinum-selling collaboration with former Led Zeppelin front man, Robert Plant. But longtime fans of Krauss will welcome the return of Union Station, the master bluegrass band who most recently recorded with the singer on 2004's Lonely Runs Both Ways. The group's newest album, Paper Airplane, released this April, proves that both Krauss and Union Station are getting better with age. The album blends Krauss's vocals with the band's seamless harmonies and a mirage of instruments, including the fiddle, mandolin, banjo and lap-steel guitar. Standout songs include the title track, "Dust Bowl Children" and "Goodbye Is All We Have." While country music fans have showered Paper Airplane with praise, even those who turn their nose at country music will have a difficult time being unaffected by Alison Krauss and Union Station's ethereal melodies.