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January 7, 1996 | Richard Cromelin
In a country-music world increasingly enamored with show-biz flash, Alison Krauss almost seems like a heavenly messenger of simplicity and purity. The 24-year-old singer-fiddler would rather be holed up in the studio producing and singing with down-home cohorts like Louisiana's Cox Family than auditioning dancers or being fitted for stage gowns. Though her latest album, a Rounder Records compilation called "Now That I've Found You," has sold nearly 2 million copies, Krauss is still being discovered by the non-country world.
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March 8, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
She's only 24, but Kacey Musgraves has been around long enough to know that Nashville moves in cycles. The rising country star, whose "Merry Go 'Round" has spent much of the last few months inside the top 20, remembers when LeAnn Rimes set off a search for "another young girl with a big voice. " "Now they're all looking for the next Taylor Swift," Musgraves said recently. "Then someone else is gonna come along and create a new normal, when in reality they should probably be looking for something different altogether.
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April 21, 2011 | By Holly Gleason, Special to the Los Angeles Times
— The private, videotaped performance of six songs from "Paper Airplane," released last Tuesday, has wrapped and the invited audience has left the main room at Oceanway Studios. Alison Krauss & Union Station are in the midst of the still-photo and video-liners phase inherent to launching a new recording. By this point she's used to the routine. It's hard to believe the angelic-voiced fiddler who's not yet 40 is 25 years into a career that has seen her win 26 Grammy Awards — including 2008's all-genre record and album of the year for "Raising Sand," her collaboration with Robert Plant — and bring bluegrass to places it's never been.
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February 10, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Gotye's inescapable "Somebody That I Used to Know" featuring Kimbra won the Grammy for record of the year. The song, released in mid-2011, peaked in 2012 and has sold more than 7 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.  "Somebody That I Used to Know" introduced Gotye to American audiences, but the artist, whose real name is  Wouter de Backer, has released several albums and had success in Australia before the release of...
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November 11, 1991 | RANDY LEWIS
Bill Monroe probably has spent more hours shaving than Alison Krauss has been on the planet, but youth hasn't stopped this former child prodigy from learning that the secret of bluegrass music is emotion so direct and unaffected that it can be breathtaking. The Grammy-winning bluegrass sensation from Champaign, Ill., is only 20, but as she demonstrated on Saturday at McCabe's, she's hardly a kid anymore.
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October 15, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
Alison Krauss is 21 now--old enough not to be labeled a prodigy, but prodigious nevertheless. Since she was 15, this supremely gifted bluegrass and traditional country musician from Champagne, Ill., has been enchanting a national audience with her ability to sing angelically while fiddling masterfully.
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November 4, 1993 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Alison Krauss and Union Station may be the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, but the young bluegrass singer-fiddler and her band are the last thing you'd picture when thinking of the country music citadel. Even by bluegrass's relatively whole-grain standards, the 21-year-old Grammy winner from Champaign, Ill., is a low-key marvel.
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February 9, 2004 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
A bluegrass princess has replaced the Queen of Soul as the Grammys' top female winner. Aretha Franklin had already collected six Grammys before Alison Krauss was born in 1971, but on Sunday Krauss won three times to bring her total to 17. Franklin, 61, took her first since 1988, making her career tally 16. "There's no way to really comprehend something like that," said Krauss, 32. "I've always loved [Franklin's] voice. Hasn't everybody? I've got her records and a biography on video.
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March 25, 1995 | RICHARD CROMELIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even though country music makes the occasional show of honoring its rural roots, bluegrass is about as welcome on its charts and radio stations as a delegation from Dogpatch at a Nashville society wedding. So what are Alison Krauss & Union Station doing in the Top 10 of the country album chart this week? "I don't know," says singer-violinist Krauss, 23, a former child prodigy who is now bluegrass's most prominent figure. "It's a freak thing," she continues. "It's kinda ticklin' us all.
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April 6, 1997 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
"Do you mind if there are curlers in my hair while we talk?" Alison Krauss, a seven-time Grammy winner whose bluegrass-country style delights both critics and fans, points to the array of curlers already in place as she stands in the doorway of her suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The question is typical of the celebrated singer and fiddle player's disarming, down-home personality.
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April 21, 2011
Nearly 6,000 people gathered Tuesday night at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre for what can only be described as a "comedy happening. " The event — Tina Fey in conversation with Steve Martin about her new book, "Bossypants" — promised to showcase two great comedic wits sparring with each other on topics ranging from sexism in comedy and Fey's rise through the ranks of Second City, "Saturday Night Live" and her hit NBC show, "30 Rock," to cruise ship...
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April 21, 2011 | By Holly Gleason, Special to the Los Angeles Times
— The private, videotaped performance of six songs from "Paper Airplane," released last Tuesday, has wrapped and the invited audience has left the main room at Oceanway Studios. Alison Krauss & Union Station are in the midst of the still-photo and video-liners phase inherent to launching a new recording. By this point she's used to the routine. It's hard to believe the angelic-voiced fiddler who's not yet 40 is 25 years into a career that has seen her win 26 Grammy Awards — including 2008's all-genre record and album of the year for "Raising Sand," her collaboration with Robert Plant — and bring bluegrass to places it's never been.
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April 13, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Kid Rock, July 30; FishFest 2011, June 25 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Polo Polo, June 18 (Fri.) Greek Theatre Mercedes-Benz WaveFest with Roberta Flack and more, May 7 (now); REO Speedwagon, June 4; Alison Krauss & Union Station, June 23; Super '70s Soul Jam with the Stylistics and more, July 10; Cheap Trick's Dream Police, Sept. 23; Celtic Thunder, Oct. 26 (Fri.)
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March 8, 2010
Original song "The Weary Kind (Theme From "Crazy Heart") Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett In a category stacked with two Randy Newman nominations, the king of the wry show tune was beaten out by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett for "The Weary Kind," their co-written theme to the Jeff Bridges vehicle "Crazy Heart."
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July 16, 2009 | Associated Press
Country musicians Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss will play a high-profile gig next week at the White House. A spokeswoman for Paisley said Wednesday that he and Krauss, who had a hit duet a few years ago with "Whiskey Lullaby," would participate in the White House Music Series hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. On Tuesday afternoon, they'll help with an educational workshop for 120 middle and high school students from across the country. That night, they'll play in the historic East Room for President Obama and his wife, White House staff and members of Congress.
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February 9, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
Award shows typically manufacture their "anything can happen" aura, but on Sunday night the 51st annual Grammy Awards delivered the real thing with canceled performances, a star nominee in police custody, a lingering song-theft controversy and the unforgettable sight of British-born star M.I.A., a nine-months-pregnant single mom-to-be, prancing across the stage on her due date. Oh, and there were some trophies handed out.
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March 10, 2005
Wunderkinder too often wind up the stuff of "Where are they now?" investigations. Not Alison Krauss. The Illinois-bred musician started playing violin at 5, had a band of her own at 12 and has been recording for nearly 20 years -- and she's just 33. Krauss and her Union Station band have become torchbearers for country and bluegrass music, while simultaneously contributing significantly to pushing their borders ever wider.
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October 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
New duo Dailey & Vincent dominated the International Bluegrass Music Assn. awards, winning entertainer of the year, album of the year, vocal group, emerging artist and gospel recorded performance. Darrin Vincent, a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder before striking out on his own last year with Jamie Dailey, a former member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, were the leading nominees with 10 heading into Thursday's ceremonies in Nashville. Dale Ann Bradley won for female vocalist in a tough field that included perennial favorites Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent.
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October 5, 2008
UNDERRATED 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia': We long resisted this plucky, generally tasteless FX sitcom, but now that we've come around there's something to be said for a show that regularly delivers at least one laugh-out-loud moment every episode. Short of "Seinfeld," it's hard to remember when such completely reprehensible characters could come together for a laugh, but we're grateful that they did. Robert Plant's reluctance: As much as we Southern Californians must delight in those Zeppelin-to-Coachella rumors that have been swirling, it's hard not to appreciate Plant's staunch refusal to go along for the ride.
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