Alison Krauss and Union Station are touring with Willie Nelson this summer, and play the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (formerly the Bank of America Pavilion) this Tuesday June 17th. Krauss began her talents with the fiddle at age 8, from Decatur Illinois. Her recording career took off at age 14 with Rounder Records.
Krauss has garnered 27 Grammy Awards and has sold over 12 million albums. She is now tied with Quincy Jones for most Grammy's. Krauss has worked with other contemporaries such as Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, James Taylor, and Kenny Rogers. She produced an album for Nickel Creek that won best contemporary folk album.
Krauss then paired with rock legend Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin, compiling the album 'Raising Sand' in 2007. The album achieved five Grammy awards in 2009, including Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, and Record of the Year.
Krauss joined the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 23 in 1993, and was the first bluegrass artist to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in twenty-nine years. Krauss has been involved with the Daniel Pearl Foundation, to support the ideals of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl, who was abducted and killed in Karachi, Pakistan in 2002. Krauss is a member of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days Honorary Committee, along with Sir Elton John, Herbie Hancock, Barbara Streisand, and Mark O'Connor, among others.
Krauss renewed bluegrass interest with her work on films such as “Cold Mountain” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?”. 'The Scarlet Tide' performed by Krauss (and written by Sting) for the movie 'Cold Mountain' contains the lyrics:
Well I recall his parting words
Must I accept his fate
Or take myself far from this place
I thought I heard a black bell toll
A little bird did sing
Man has no choice
When he wants every thing
Alison Krauss and Union Station continue to impress audiences worldwide, the show on Tuesday night is one not to miss.