Alison was born on 23rd
July, 1971 and raised in Champaign, Illinois. She credits her mother as being the major reason she turned to music at a very early age. Her mother used to find interesting stuff for Alison to do and wanted her to develop a liking for sports, arts and most importantly music. She started to learn how to play a classical violin when she was only five years old and later made the switch to bluegrass. Her passion for bluegrass enabled her to take part in different local competitions and by the age of ten she had formed her own band. Three years after that she took part in a fiddle competition the Walnut Valley Festival
. She duly won the championship and also gained the title of Most promising fiddler in the Midwest
by the prestigious Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in America.
Alison was being supported by John Pennell
, a songwriter and bassist in a band called Silver Rail
since she was twelve years old. She made her debut in 1985 with the album Different Strokes
which was made by her brother Victor. Meanwhile Pennell changed the name of his band to Union Station
and that laid the foundations for Alison Krauss & Union Station
as we see them now.
Alison’s first album with the Union Station as a backup band was released in 1987 and it was titled Too Late to Cry
. The album was a success and received a lot of positive acclaim from everywhere. She was only sixteen by the time the album was released and it was that very album that well and truly started Alison Krauss & Union Station’s
journey to stardom. She followed that up with her first full album featuring the Union Station. The album was titled Two Highways
and got a Grammy nomination for the Best Bluegrass Recording
. Her next album I’ve Got That Old Feeling
was a solo album. She was working with the Union Station as well but according to the terms of the contract with her label she had to do some solo work for them. The album won her the first of her astonishing twenty six Grammy Awards. The success of the album propelled bluegrass to levels not seen before especially in the 1980’s. As her contract with the label came to a close she started working more with the Union Station.
Alison Krauss & Union Station
next release was in 1992, titled Every Time You Say Goodbye
. The album was a hug hit and got her the second Grammy of her career. Alison released a compilation Now That I've Found You: A Collection
in 1995 and that took her success to a whole new level. The album turned out to be one of her biggest hits and it sold over one million copies. Alison Krauss & Union Station
released one hit after another following that and have not looked back since. Albums like So Long, Forget About It
and New Favorite
etc made them the leading lights of bluegrass. They have also played with some of the leading artists of the time and headlined various major concerts together. Apart from that they have also created tracks for various TV serials and movies thus cementing their place as one of the most diverse bluegrass acts of all time.
Alison Krauss & Union Station
have been a hit everywhere they have gone. From the very start of their collaboration it was a match made in heaven. They stuck at it, worked hard and have now gone on to become one of the biggest bluegrass success stories of all time. Their unbelievable talents and music have developed a huge fan following for them that goes well into millions. So, people if you are a music fan all you need are the Alison Krauss & Union Station tickets
for an evening that you will find very hard to forget.
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