Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Award-winning singing siren to grace Sun Valley

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas to play pavilion

Express Staff Writer

Alison Krauss and Union Station with special guest Jerry Douglas will perform at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Saturday, July 2. Courtesy photo

     Alison Krauss’ platinum award-winning album “Raising Stand” was her 2007 collaboration with Robert Plant and producer T-Bone Burnett. It won six Grammy awards including Album of the Year and Song of the Year, bringing her total Grammy Award count to 26 in her career—the most for any female and the third most of any recording artist in Grammy Award history. 

     Her new work, “Paper Airplane,” is just as promising, and it’s her first album of all-new recordings in partnership with her band Union Station since 2004 when they all recorded “Lonely Runs Both Ways.”

     Krauss said making “Paper Airplane” was a revelatory experience for the band.

     “Whatever formula we thought there was doesn’t exist,” she said. “It disappeared, especially this last time out. You can’t trust your method; you can’t rely on a method. The only thing you can do is record things that move you—that have a connection with you—and to represent yourself truthfully. Things have to be true that I sing or I can’t do it. Whether I write them or not, they have to be true for me to say it, and for the guys to play it.”

     At 39, Krauss is an incontestable talent. She effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. A highly sought-after collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music, including James Taylor, Phish, Dolly Parton, Yo Yo Ma and Bonnie Raitt. Since signing with Rounder Records at the age of 14 in 1985, Krauss has sold in excess of 12 million albums and garnered 26 Grammy Awards.

     Krauss and Union Station features the talents of Krauss on fiddle and lead vocals, Dan Tyminski on guitar, mandolin and lead vocals, Barry Bales on bass and harmony vocals, Ron Block on banjo, guitar and harmony vocals and Jerry Douglas on dobro and harmony vocals.

     For the Fourth of July weekend, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will perform on Saturday, July 2. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the show will start at 5:30 p.m. VIP benefit tickets for Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and the Sun ValleySkiAcademy are available through the CommunitySchool. For details, call 622-3960, ext. 105. Only lawn seats area tickets are still available. For tickets, visit

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