Thursday, August 21, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Alison Krauss & Union Station
Song:Let Me Touch You For Awhile
It may be an overstatement that Alison Krauss has single handedly revived bluegrass music in recent years and she has taken a more mainstream musical direction lately. But there's no question that she built her reputation on her tremendous musical talent. She was born July 23, 1971 in Decatur, IL. She began taking classical violin lessons at age five but soon tired of classical and started playing bluegrass licks. She began entering talent contests at age eight and had her own band at ten. She won the Illinois State Fiddle Championship in 1983 and signed with Rounder Records at age 14. Her 1987 debut Too Late To Cry caused a sensation with bluegrass fans. Her backing band Union Station changed quite a bit but the key addition was guitarist Dan Tyminski who would become her primary arranger. Alison continued to have success in the country market but broke through to the mainstream with the 1995 comp Now That I've Found You. It was a top ten pop album and sold a million copies. Of course the other key was the film Oh Brother Where Art Thou which featured several bluegrass musicians including Alison Krauss. The 2001 CD New Favorite followed that and the emphasis now was more on Alison's vocals than her fiddle playing. So now I guess she's a pop star. Let Me Touch You For Awhile was one of the singles from that album and was written by guitarist Robert Lee Castleman. Alison has recorded several of his songs. Alison Krauss & Union Station last recorded in 2004 but Alison released a CD in 2007 with Robert Plant called Raising Sand. They are currently touring. I've been an Allison Krauss fan since the 80s. She's a little more commercial now but I still enjoy listening to her. And her popularity has given exposure to other bluegrass artists. Here's the video for Let Me Touch You For Awhile by Alison Krauss & Union Station.