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Krauss is back, leading new release pack

Friday, February 17, 2017 – Only 18 years after her last solo disc, Allson Krauss returns with "Windy City." The bluegrasser expands well beyond that sound with country, jazz and other sounds. Krauss covers 10 classic songs that she selected with producer Buddy Cannon. Among them are Glenn Campbell's "Gentle On My Mind," Willie Nelson's "I Never Cared For You," Eddie Arnold's "You Don't Know Me," which he wrote with Cindy Walker, and Brenda Lee's "Losing You." Krauss spent her entire recording career solo and with Union Station until this release on Capitol.

Nikki Lane is out with her third album, "Highway Queen" on New West Records. The 10-song set from the South Carolina native and current Nashville resident finds Lane mining Outlaw Country sounds. Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler co-produced the disc recorded in Denton, Texas.

Son Volt, led by Jay Farrar, is out with "Notes of Blue." The band now consists of Jacob Edwards on drums, Mark Spencer on bass, Gary Hunt on fiddle and Jason Kardong on pedal steel. Farrar produced the 10-song release, which was influenced by the blues. Think Mississippi Fred McDowell and Skip James touchstones.

The Gibson Brothers do the bluegrass brothers harmony thing on "In the Ground." The 13-song disc is their first to contain only originals, quite the contrast with their previous release, "Brotherhood." That was recorded as a tribute to brother duets in bluegrass.

"Nashville Duets" by the Nashville cast is out, continuing the series of albums from the television show of the same name. The compilation features collaborations from some of couples as heard throughout the series. Since the show's debut in 2012, Big Machine Records has released eight "Nashville" soundtracks.

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If we've learned anything over the 7 years that have passed since the last Alison Krauss & Union Station record (2004's "Lonely Runs Both Ways"), it's that Krauss doesn't necessarily need her band for success. And the same can be said for the band regarding Krauss. During the hiatus, Krauss scored a mega-hit with "Raising Sand," her collaboration with Robert Plant from 2007. At the same time, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dan Tyminski and Dobro »»»
A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection CD review - A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection
The liner notes for the new collection of songs by Alison Krauss gives notice that, unlike the last collection ("Now that I've Found You" in 1995), this one showcases Krauss alone, far from Union Station, the band that first brought her into the spotlight. She's been a recognized solo artist for a while now. There's no doubt that Krauss has traveled far from her bluegrass/traditional roots. But for anyone who needs proof of that, this collection is a good argument - she »»»
Lonely Runs Both Ways CD review - Lonely Runs Both Ways
Over the past decade, Alison Krauss + Union Station have created and fine-tuned an approach that can deliver restrained, moody ballads and mid-tempo songs, hard-edged bluegrass and traditional material and lithe instrumentals with equal helpings of skill and conviction. The result is one of the most distinctive and compelling sounds in popular music, a verdict ratified by a slew of awards - Krauss herself owns more Grammies than any other female artist - and invitations to join all kinds of »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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