Love those songs. Her voice is of course heavenly.
She does have a lovely voice - and also aims for perfection in musical details and production values.
Her Bluegrass work (which predominated in her early career, but has later been only one thread in a varied career) is released under the name "Alison Krauss and Union Station" (abbreviated by fans as AKUS.) Work released simply as "Alison Krauss" characteristically explores other avenues (even though some members of Union Station do play on this record). From what I've heard (snippets, and the videos posted above), the new release will have a predominantly retro sound, evoking a sense of a tribute to the "Nashville Sound" of the late '50s and '60s - which involved working considerable Pop influences into commercial Country (and, hence, could be seen as a reaction away from styles like Bluegrass and Rockabilly). I think Alison's voice can bring out the best in this type of music - which bears interesting comparison with more contemporary developments of the Nashville Sound
I'm not familiar with the second song - which may be a new one, evoking that general sound. However "Losing You" is a cover of a Brenda Lee song from the early '60s. (It was originally produced by Owen Bradley, one of the originators of the Nashville Sound). The album will, apparently, also include "You Don't Know Me" - one of the best loved songs of that era, written by the late Cindy Walker.
I just LOVE Allison Krause in everything she sings. Heck I think she has more CMAs than most anyone. Lol. Not that that matters but her voice has such a mellow "whisper" to it so I ALWAYS know it's her
Alison has won 27 Grammys - the most by any female artist, and only exceeded by the number won by the classical orchestral conductor, Sir Georg Solti. (I think any contemporary vocal artist would only be able to equal a total like that if their career enabled them to get nominations in a spread of different fields - such as Country, Pop/Rock collaborations, Bluegrass, Americana, Gospel. That's unlikely to be possible while they are focusing mainly on contemporary chart radio success - which Alison never really has).
Earlier, I said I didn't recognize "Windy City", and suggested it could be new - but I've looked a bit further, and it's also a cover, though not a well-known Mainstream one. The (original) Osborne Brothers recorded it - interestingly, as a Bluegrass number (which Alison would obviously know, but which doesn't seem to be the main way she's going with this album). For anyone interested, this is a link to their version:
The feeling I'm getting is that this album will be a covers project, designed as a nostalgic tribute to music that recalls her roots
Here is the tracklist:
"It's Goodbye and So Long to You"
"I Never Cared for You"
"River in the Rain"
"Dream of Me"
"Gentle on My Mind"
"All Alone Am I"
"You Don't Know Me"
Will the album be eligible for Grammy noms if it's a covers album? I want Alison to be nominated next year, because then she'll likely be asked to perform and so yay for me lol.
^She can be nominated for a covers album.
This gives an idea of the origins, or better known versions, of those songs (some of them have been recorded multiple times)
"Losing You" - Brenda Lee
"It's Goodbye and So Long to You" - Osborne Brothers
"Windy City" - Osborne Brothers
"I Never Cared for You" - Willie Nelson
"River in the Rain" - Roger Miller
"Dream of Me" - Vern Gosdin
"Gentle on My Mind" - Glen Campbell (written by John Hartford)
"All Alone Am I" - Brenda Lee
"Poison Love" - Johnny and Jack (also recorded by many others, in both Bluegrass and traditional Country)
"You Don't Know Me" - Eddy Arnold (written by Cindy Walker, from an idea submitted by Eddy himself). Memorable versions since include Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley
The range is wider than I expected in my first post - the Nashville sound is certainly well represented, but she is also including Bluegrass numbers. It confirms the idea that she's
exploring songs that influenced the early music she probably heard growing up.
A digression - but the inclusion of "It's Goodbye and So Long to You" means I can't resist sharing a version by one of my favourite "girl bands", Red Molly. (I love the way Abbie plays that reso!)
I'm so excited for this release. Check out the latest released track. Alison is amazing.
River In the Rain’ is the latest song from Alison Krauss’ new solo album Windy City coming February 17th in North America and March 3rd in the rest of the world. Pre-order the album now digitally to instantly download ‘River In the Rain,’ ‘Windy City’ and ‘Losing You’ or preorder the deluxe CD or vinyl: https://AlisonKrauss.lnk.to/WCYD
I am so buying this when it comes out. She has such high quality music.
Absolutely gorgeous! I love her voice
Can't wait to get the album....Jamey JOhnson is singing background vocals on a couple of the songs