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HOME AGAIN Courtesy Randee St Nicholas

Alison Krauss & Union Station’s new album, “Paper Airplane,” is their first since 2004. From left are Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Krauss, Barry Bales and Ron Block.

Alison Krauss returns to Bend with her longtime band, Union Station By Ben Salmon The Bulletin


n the “About” section of Alison Krauss & Union Station’s official website, buried near the end of more than 1,300 words about the country/bluegrass crossover band’s new album “Paper Airplane,” there’s a quote from Krauss that stands out from the effusive mumbo jumbo that surrounds it. “I feel like this,” she says, speaking of working with Union Station, “is the best environment for me.” A quick survey of her career re-

inforces just how much that statement means. Slowly, steadily and mostly quietly, Krauss — who’ll bring her band back to Bend on Saturday (see “If you go”) — has built one of the most impressive resumes not just in bluegrass or country music, but in her entire industry over the past three decades. Raised in Illinois, Krauss was a prodigious fiddler who was winning competitions and leading bands before her teenage years. At 14, she signed a record deal with the roots-music specialists at Rounder Records, and at 16, she

released her debut album, “Too Late To Cry.” Over the next decade, Krauss — with Union Station at her side — rose quickly in the bluegrass world, and to dizzying heights. She started racking up Grammy awards and joined the Grand Ole Opry at age 21, and in 1995, Krauss’ cover of Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing At All” was a huge hit, pushing her into mainstream country’s consciousness. As Krauss’ star brightened, doors opened. She performed a duet with country star Brad Pais-

ley on his hit single “Whiskey Lullaby.” She provided the voice for one of the characters in the Adam Sandler film “Eight Crazy Nights.” She sang with Phish. Most importantly, perhaps, she contributed several tracks to the soundtrack of the hit movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” To date, that soundtrack has sold more than seven million copies and is widely credited with sparking renewed interest in bluegrass and roots music that continues to flourish in the success of bands like The Avett Brothers. Continued Page 5

If you go What: Alison Krauss & Union Station, with Good Old War When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, gates open 5 p.m. Where: Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 S.W. Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend Cost: $39 (general) and $62 (reserved) plus fees, available at the gate or in advance at www. or The Ticket Mill (541-318-5457) in Bend’s Old Mill District. Contact: www.bend

Bulletin Daily Paper 07/08/11  

The Bulletin Daily print edition for Friday July 8, 2011