Barry Bales

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Barry Bales (right) with Dan Tyminski (left)

Barry Turner Bales [1] (born August 23, 1969 in Kingsport, Tennessee) is the longtime bass player and harmony vocalist for Alison Krauss and Union Station. He has been on this band for 24 years more or less. He has won a total of 14 Grammys.


Barry grew up in Colonial Heights, Tennessee outside of Kingsport, Tennessee and attended Sullivan South High School (Tennessee). Early memories of music include listening to the records of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, Bob Wills, Buck Owens and Hank Thompson from his father's extensive collection. He started experimenting with various instruments at the age of 10, starting with guitar. By age 15, Barry had found the bass and was playing regionally in various groups. Bales attended East Tennessee State University, participating in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program, as did future Union Station members Tim Stafford and Adam Steffey. Over the years, Barry has become one of the most in-demand session players in acoustic music. He has recorded and performed with such artists as Reba McEntire, Susan Ashton, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Bowman, the Cox family, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Dan Tyminski, Patty Loveless and many others.

Barry currently resides in Kingsport with his wife Aliceson (née Osborn) and their young son.