alison krauss

Born in Champaign, Illinois, Alison Krauss grew up listening to everything from folk to opera to pop and rock music, but quickly fell in love with bluegrass ­when she began playing fiddle at the age of five. Shortly after, Krauss began entering fiddle contests. At the age of 14, Rounder Records signed her to her first record deal and she went on to release her debut solo album two years later. The accomplished bluegrass musician became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21.

Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She’s sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association awards.

Windy City, her latest solo album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts and received two Grammy nominations. The album was produced by Buddy Cannon, whose vocal harmonies Krauss grew up listening to and were the soundtrack to her childhood. “Buddy sang harmonies on everything back then,” Krauss says. She also reveals of Cannon, “I don’t do something unless I feel like I’m called to do it. That’s what I felt like, so I honored it. It’s like the same feeling of when you know something is right musically, with a song or a batch of songs – the same feeling, but this was attached to a person instead of a batch of songs.”

Krauss frequently collaborates with artists from numerous genres, including Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Vince Gill, The Chieftains, James Taylor, The Cox Family, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Mathis, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Bad Company and Phish. She has recorded and toured with Willie Nelson, whom she honored with a performance during the 2015 Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert. She will reunite with Nelson this summer on a co-headlining tour throughout North America. “Whiskey Lullaby,” a duet which she performed with Brad Paisley won two CMA Awards in 2004. She has also produced albums for Alan Jackson, Nickel Creek and The Cox Family. Some of these collaborators were also formative to Krauss and she lists influences including Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Larry Sparks, The Cox Family, and Ralph Stanley.

Krauss has contributed songs to numerous films, including “Down to the River to Pray” in  the cult classic film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and “You Will Be My Ain True Love” and “The Scarlett Tide” in the film Cold Mountain. She has also provided the voice for several cartoon movie characters, including Bambi’s mother in Bambi II and Annabelle in Annabelle’s Wish, as well as the singing voice of Davey’s girlfriend in the Adam Sandler movie Eight Crazy Nights.

In 2013, she performed at the Kennedy Center’s “American Voices” festival that was created and hosted by Renee Fleming and also honored Dolly Parton and Paul Simon with performances during The Kennedy Center Honors. She has performed for three presidents—George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

union station

Alison Krauss’ most recent triumph, the certified-platinum Raising Sand, her 2007 collaboration with Robert Plant and producer T Bone Burnett, notched up a total of six Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year, bringing her unsurpassed total to 26. That mesmerizing modern-day masterpiece sets the stage for another stunner: Paper Airplane, the artist’s first album of all-new recordings in partnership with her remarkably skillful and renowned band Union Station since 2004’s Lonely Runs Both Ways.

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.
Douglas 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.
Tyminski 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.