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Windy City

By Bob on June 1, 2017 3:25 AM

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

Windy City - Alison Krauss-600.jpgIn the recording industry 18 years is like an eternity, so it's understandable if you're cautious about picking up the CD or hitting PURCHASE on iTunes.

Lemme put your fears to rest. It's wonderful. Go on and download the entire album right now. You can thank me later.

Alison is in fine form. Her, I-think-I-can-hear-angels-singing, voice has never sounded better. And the set list features some oldies and goodies I've never heard. Songwriter/singer Roger Miller penned one of my album favorites: River in the Rain (written for the Broadway musical, Big River).

She also treats us to classics like John Hartford's, Gentle on my Mind and Willie Nelson's I Never Cared for You. All in all it's a solid lineup of songs executed with finesse.

The album is available now at Amazon, iTunes, Target (includes two bonus tracks, 'till I Gain Control Again and Angel Flying too Close to the Ground) and Cracker Barrel (includes one bonus track, Make the World Go Away).   

Windy City was well worth the wait. But do us all a favor Alison, let's not wait 18 years before we get together again.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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