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Most recent release, Paper Airplane (2011)
Alison's voice is unique in that it is soft and frail sounding, yet is very powerful. I cannot think of another artist with similar abilites. Music-wise, pick any Nashville-sound country band and replace the singer. (email@example.com)
Many original songs, but the Nashville sound almost guarantees that most will be by professional songwriters, rather than the artist themselves. Also, being rooted in bluegrass and gospel, many traditional pieces are performed and recorded.
Alison Krauss has the most amazing voice. Soft, frail almost, and lilting; but powerful and attention-grabbbing. An accomplished fiddle player, signed to Rounder at age 14, she's a multi-Grammy winner and now sought as a producer. She brought New Grass band Nickel Creek to national attention by having them open for her tour and then producing their first album. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Forget About It
Now That I've Found You: A Collection
Alison Krauss—fiddle, viola, vocals, harmony vocals
Jerry Douglas, Ken Irwin, Alison Krauss
I'd never heard her music before, and fear it's a bit too country for me. It's still excellently put together and performed, and after a few listens, I've found a handful of songs have won me over. I was surprised at just how traditional it all sounds. I guess I didn't expect someone so young to be so steeped in the older country styles. I was also surprised that there wasn't nearly as much fiery fiddling as I expected. (neal)
Thanks to Troy Shadbolt for work on this entry.
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