Alison Krauss

December 01, 1999

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Alison Krauss

When: Friday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m.

Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

Tickets are $30, plus $2 service charge, and are available at 301-790-2000.

Alison Krauss - fiddle, vocals

Barry Bales - acoustic bass, vocals

Ron Block - banjo, acoustic guitar, vocals

Jerry Douglas - Dobro

Dan Tyminski - acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals

In 1993, a couple of weeks before her 22nd birthday, Alison Krauss was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She was the first bluegrass artist to be so honored in 29 years. She remains the organization's youngest member, according to information from Rounder Records, the label that signed her when she was just 14 years old.

Now 28, Alison Krauss and her band, Union Station, will be at The Maryland Theatre Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.


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Krauss grew up in Champaign, Ill., and, along with her brother Viktor, was encouraged by her parents to play instruments at an early age. She took up the violin and soon discovered fiddle contests and bluegrass festivals. Her early attention came from her skill as a prize-winning instrumentalist. Appreciation for her singing came later.

Krauss and Union Station came together in 1985. One of the members comes from Tennessee, but this country-bluegrass ensemble's roots are all over the country - Vermont, Ohio and California.

"Forget About It," released last August, is Alison Krauss & Union Station's eighth album together. Success has come in country and bluegrass circles - 10 Grammys, and stacks of Country Music Association, International Bluegrass Music Association, Country Music Television, Gospel Music Association and Nashville Music awards - but Krauss crosses over to other musical styles.

"Forget About It" features a 1970s ballad by Todd Rundgren and a new song by former Doobie Brothers' lead singer Michael McDonald. The collection closes with "Dreaming My Dreams With You," a country waltz with harmonies from Lyle Lovett and Dolly Parton.

Krauss has been in the studio with a diverse roster of performers on their recordings - Lovett and Parton among them. Bad Company, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Maura O'Connell, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley and Phish - yes, Phish - are a few others who have welcomed her musical talents.

She has recorded songs for film soundtracks, including those of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "Twister." She also has developed her talents as a producer - not only of her own records with Union Station, but three albums for bluegrass and country music artists The Cox Family.

- Kate Coleman, Staff Writer

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