Talk about throwing caution to the wind. With Windy City, 27-time Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss has gone solo to release her first album without her band, Union Station, since 2007’s Raising Sand.
Released in mid-February, this solo album is a collection of 10 classic country songs that Krauss carefully selected with veteran Nashville producer Buddy Cannon, who has worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to George Strait. They set the songs — which span multiple genres and decades — to barebones arrangements, and Krauss, a bluegrass star and the winningest female in Grammy history, had grown up listening to them.
She’ll blow you away with the first track, “Losing You,” which originally was recorded by Brenda Lee for a 1963 album. Other songs include Willie Nelson’s “I Never Cared for You,” Bill Monroe’s “Poison Love,” Eddy Arnold’s “You Don’t Know Me” and two songs originally recorded by the Osborne Brothers – “It’s Goodbye and So Long to You,” along with the album’s title track. Guest vocalists include Krauss’ Union Station bandmate Dan Tyminski, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson and Alabama’s Teddy Gentry.
All of the songs have personal significance for Krauss, and the album follows a theme of love lost. But it’s our gain.