Alison Krauss’ new album Windy City is her first effort away from her band Union Station since Raising Sand and her debut for Capitol Records. The album features Alison performing 10 classic songs that she carefully selected with producer Buddy Cannon.
Following Raising Sand, her platinum 2007 album with Robert Plant that won six GRAMMY Awards including Album of the Year, and 2011’s Paper Airplane with her longtime collaborators Union Station, which won the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album and topped Billboard’s Folk, Country and Bluegrass charts, Alison began to feel the tug of inspiration.
Union Station’s banjoist/guitarist/vocalist Ron Block
is something of a musical Huck Finn, a tireless adventurer exploring various styles yet rooted firmly in the bluegrass-country tradition. An in-demand session musician, he’s played on recordings by Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Little Big Town, Josh Turner, and many others. As a songwriter Ron has written 10 AKUS songs, including “In The Palm of Your Hand,” “A Living Prayer,” and “There is a Reason.” A solo artist as well, he has released seven recordings of his own since 2000.
is a world-renowned Dobro player, and has played with Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1998. His transcendent technique and his passionate musicality has helped him net fourteen Grammy Awards, three CMA awards, and numerous International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, including multiple Dobro Player of the Year wins and Entertainer of the Year with the Earls of Leicester. Jerry has performed and recorded with everyone from Phish to Paul Simon, from Garth Brooks to Mumford & Sons. In his time outside of AKUS, Jerry continues to expand his musical vision and horizons as leader of the Jerry Douglas Band and The Earls of Leicester, and as co-Music Director the acclaimed BBC television series Transatlantic Sessions. Douglas also produced Alison Krauss’s 1990 album, I’ve Got That Old Feeling.
Bassist Barry Bales
has been a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station since 1990. In that time, he has become a successful producer and songwriter, as well as one of the most in-demand session players in acoustic music. Barry has received 15 Grammys, 22 International Bluegrass Music Association awards - including 4 Bass Player of the Year trophies - 1 Country Music Association award, and 2 Academy of Country Music awards, including Song of the Year for "Nobody To Blame" written with and recorded by Chris Stapleton. He is also a passionate outdoorsman and conservationist, as well as manager of his sixth-generation family farm.
joined AKUS in 1994 to contribute guitar, mandolin and vocals. Dan is also widely recognized for his other projects, including award-winning solo albums and myriad guest appearances. His role as the singing voice of George Clooney in the Coen Brothers’ film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? yielded a surprise hit single with “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow,” and helped to launch a renaissance in bluegrass music. Dan’s voice again made global musical rounds through the lead vocals he provided for Swedish DJ/electronic dance artist, Avicii. “Hey Brother” became an international, chart-topping hit. When not on the road, Tyminski records with the likes of Leann Rimes, Joan Osborne, Brad Paisley and Charlie Haden. Dan spends his free time working on his golf game. He often participates in charity tournaments and was named by Golf Digest as one of the top ten golfers in music.