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Alison Krauss

If anyone can be credited with setting the plate for the current bluegrass revival, it's Alison Krauss. A musical prodigy who signed with Rounder Records at age 14, the Champaign, Illinois, native combined a fiddling virtuosity with the Appalachian vocal purity of a young Dolly Parton.

Working on a parallel track to the line-dancing cheesiness of most late '80s and early '90s country, Krauss slowly developed an audience for her solo records and production work with groups like the Cox Family and Nickel Creek. As always, the country establishment proved resistant to bluegrass - a musical form that Nashville's power brokers consider embarrassingly backward. But Krauss achieved

Alison Krauss & Union Station
Sunday, December 7
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Trinity University
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a grassroots breakthrough, eventually selling more than two million copies of her 1995 compilation, Now That I've Found You.

Krauss is no bluegrass purist. Her success owes something to her covers of pop chestnuts like Now That I've Found You's title song and The Beatles' "I Will." She has also expressed admiration - bordering on envy - for Mutt Lange's production work on '80s Def Leppard and AC/DC albums. Ultimately, though, Krauss and her stellar backing band, Union Station, offer a supreme example of how you can pull traditional folk music into the contemporary world without abandoning its soul. •

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