Alison Krauss is one of the world’s leading female bluegrass performers, and her 25 years in the music industry comes to life in her eccentric live show. But she has always crafted her own way and existed right outside the mainstream spectrum.
Alison Krauss has faced a surge in popularity following her high profile work with the famous Led Zeppelin frontman, Robert Plant. This has given her extra and new attention which helped turn her latest release, Paper Airplane, into a surprise hit. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that Paper Airplane has the most amount of songs performed compared to any of her other releases. She opens with the title track, then leads right into “Dust Bowl Children.” She leaves the album alone for a bit, then eventually returns to it with a brilliant rendition of “Dimming of the Day.”
The rest of her setlist is cherry picked from material throughout the 80’s and 2000’s. She performs a wistful live version of “Rain Please Go Away” from 2004’s Lonely Runs Both Ways. This seems like an odd choice, but it makes sense in context since this is one of the last songs Krauss recorded with her backing band, Union Station, in 2004. In 2011 she reunited with the band, and they are accompanying her on this recent tour.
Dust Bowl Children
Who’s Your Uncle
Let Me Touch You For Awhile
Ghost in this House
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
Rain Please Go Away
Sawing on the Strings
Wild Bill Jones
Everytime You Say Goodbye
The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn
Dimming of the Day
Man of Constant Sorrow
When You say Nothing At All
Down to the River to Pray
Your Long Journey
There is a Reason
Who else is playing with Alison Krauss?
The folk legend and seemingly immortal Willie Nelson is performing alongside Alison Krauss on these latest dates. The almost comically prolific recording artist has a lot to be happy about. He released the critically acclaimed Lost Highway in 2009, and has faced a bit of a resurgence in popularity. His most recent release is a posthumous collaboration with Johnny Cash (yes, this is not a typo) called Every Song Tells a Story.
Aside from Willie Nelson, the show will feature a slate of new artists. Jason Isbell is somewhat new in the country genre, but has been building quite a buzz ever since 2011’s Here We Rest became an underground cult album. He is currently touring on his latest album, 2013’s Southeastern.
Kacey Musgraves recently won a Grammy, and she will be bringing her blend of country/pop to the audience with her breakthrough album Same Trailer Different Park.
Lastly is the folk/punk oddities, Devil Makes Three, who just released their seventh studio LP, I’m a Stranger Here.
How long is an Alison Krauss concert?
Despite this being a co-headlining tour with the ever humble Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss still manages to squeeze in a sizable 80-90 minute set consisting of 22-24 songs.
Is it true that dates are being rescheduled?
Due to an undisclosed health concern on the part of Alison Krauss, many of the dates for the Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson tour are being rescheduled. To stay on top of these date changes, be sure to review either artist’s official website. Fans that purchased tickets and cannot attend the new date can get an immediate refund by contacting the source of purchase (CrowdSurge, TicketMaster, LiveNation, etc). If you can attend the new date, no new purchase needs to be made. These tickets will be honored.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Alison Krauss’ tour?
Presale tickets for Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson can be found on either artists official webasite. Alison Krauss specifically uses the CrowdSurge ticketing platform for her presales. The resource helps to keep things organized and reliable for customers, and keeps ticket scalping to an absolute minimum.
You may also find presales through American Express, but you must be a card holder, but the resource is not servicing the entire tour.
Who is Alison Krauss’ publicist and press contact?
“Krauss’ voice is a pure wonder. She sings like an angel, and makes it look easy. On “Sinking Stone,” she modulated her soprano from a low, husky near-whisper to a soaring, crystal clear plaint like it was nothing. She turned sensual on “Let Me Touch You For Awhile,” and dramatic and pained on the brokenhearted “Ghost In This House.” – Doug Pullen of the El Paso Times
“The show wasn’t merely a marketing event for the latest record. Krauss and company, periodically augmented by a percussionist and pianist, laid down a solid set of songs documenting the band’s history, from 1989’s “Two Highways” through their latest release, with several stops at 2001’s “New Favorite” and, of course, the “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack, along the way.” – Matt Sorrell of KDHX Entertainment
“For 22 years, the fiddler has been making songs about Southern blues and heartbreak with her band Union Station. Their most recent album, Paper Airplane, provides their traditional one-two punch of beautifully wrought, borderline pop-country songs about love as well as foot-stomping bluegrass numbers. This wasn’t the band’s first trip to Charlotte, and this time, they brought dobro player Jerry Douglas along for the ride.” – Caroline Pate of Vibes Music Blog
Alison Krauss and Union Station 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Jerry Douglas
Started February 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California | Ended September 29, 2012 in Mountain View, California
Alison Krauss and Union Station 2011
Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started June 4, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky | Ended September 17, 2011 in Austin, Texas
Raising Sand Tour
Tour Opening Acts: Robert Plant
Started April 19, 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky | Ended October 5, 2008 in Saratoga, California