Union Station (band)

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This article is about band Alison Krauss and Union Station. For Alison Krauss' solo career and other collaborations, see Alison Krauss.
Union Station
Genres Bluegrass / Country,
Years active 1987-present
Members Alison Krauss
Dan Tyminski
Ron Block
Barry Bales
Larry Atamanuik
Past members Tim Stafford
Adam Steffey

Union Station is a bluegrass / country band associated with singer Alison Krauss. The act established in 1987 as a backup band for Krauss is usually referred to as Alison Krauss and Union Station and was initially made up of Krauss, Tim Stafford, Ron Block, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Larry Atamanuik. In 1994, Tim Stafford was replaced by guitar and mandolin player Dan Tyminski and in 1998, Steffey left and was replaced by dobro player Jerry Douglas.

Career[edit]

Alison Krauss signed to Rounder Records, at age 16 had released her debut 1987 debut album Too Late to Cry with her backup band Union Station.[1] her debut album credited only to her was quickly followed by her first group album as Alison Krauss and Union Station in 1989, Two Highways.[2] The album included the traditional tunes, Wild Bill Jones and Beaumont Rag, along with a bluegrass interpretation of The Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider".

Krauss' contract with Rounder Records required her to alternate between releasing a solo album and an album with Union Station. So after yet another solo album I've Got That Old Feeling in 1990, Krauss' second Union Station album was Every Time You Say Goodbye released in 1992. The album went on to win her second Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of the year.

Mandolin and guitar player Dan Tyminski replaced Tim Stafford in Union Station in 1994.

So Long So Wrong, another Union Station album, was released in 1997 and won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. One critic said its sound was "rather untraditional" and "likely [to] change quite a few ... minds about bluegrass."[3] Included on the album is the track "It Doesn't Matter", which was featured in the second season premiere episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer[4] and was included on the Buffy soundtrack in 1999.

Adam Steffey left Union Station in 1998, and was replaced with renowned Dobro player Jerry Douglas.

Their next album, New Favorite, was released on August 14, 2001. The album went on to win the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, with the single "The Lucky One" winning a Grammy as well. Lonely Runs Both Ways was released in 2004, and eventually became another Alison Krauss & Union Station gold certified album. Ron Block described Lonely Runs Both Ways as "pretty much... what we've always done" in terms of song selection and the style, in which those songs were recorded.[5] Krauss believes the group "was probably the most unprepared we've ever been" for the album and that songs were chosen as needed rather than planned beforehand.

Returning with Union Station, Alison Krauss released a new album called Paper Airplane on April 12, 2011,[6] the follow-up album to Lonely Runs Both Ways (2004). Mike Shipley (the expert engineering mixer) said that it took a lot of time to do the album because of Krauss' non-stop migraines[7][8]

In 2014, she and her band Union Station toured with Willie Nelson and Family, with special guests Kacey Musgraves, and The Devil Makes Three.[9][10][11][12]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
[13]
US
[14]
US Grass
[15]
CAN
[16]
NL
[17]
UK
[18]
Two Highways
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, cassette
Every Time You Say Goodbye
  • Release date: February 14, 1992
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
75
[19]
So Long So Wrong
  • Release date: March 25, 1997
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
4 45 123
New Favorite
  • Release date: August 14, 2001
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
3 35 2 72
Live
  • Release date: November 5, 2002
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
9 36 1


Lonely Runs Both Ways
  • Release date: November 23, 2004
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
6 29 1 90 126


Paper Airplane
  • Release date: April 12, 2011
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, music download
1 3 1 23 49 11
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alison Krauss – Full Biography" by Stephen Thomas Erlwine for Allmusic, hosted by MTV.com. Retrieved 2006-06-25.
  2. ^ "Alison Krauss Biography". CMT.com. Retrieved 2006-06-06.
  3. ^ So Long, So Wrong review by George Graham. "The Graham Weekly Album Review No. 1065" as broadcast on WVIA-FM April 16, 1997. Retrieved 2006-06-12.
  4. ^ "When She Was Bad", originally released September 15, 1997. Twentieth Century Fox and Joss Whedon.
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/66004/krauss-runs-both-ways-on-new-album
  6. ^ http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/134979466/first-listen-alison-krauss-and-union-station-paper-airplane
  7. ^ http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/alison-krauss-queen-of-bluegrass-music
  8. ^ http://articles.philly.com/2011-07-22/entertainment/29802192_1_barry-bales-alison-krauss-ron-block
  9. ^ "Spring, summer dates team Nelson and Family with Krauss and Union Station". Usatoday.com. February 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  10. ^ http://www.arkansasmusicpavilion.com/events/willie-nelson-and-family-alison-krauss-and-union-station-jason-isbell/
  11. ^ http://www.schottensteincenter.com/events/detail/willie-nelson-and-alison-krauss-and-union-station-featuring-jerry-douglas
  12. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/alison-krauss-willie-nelson-tour-dates/
  13. ^ "Alison Krauss Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Alison Krauss Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Alison Krauss Album & Song Chart History - Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Canadian Albums Week of April 30, 2011". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  17. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Chart Log UK: Alex K - Kyuss". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  19. ^ "allmusic ((( Alison Krauss > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  20. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - October 12, 2010: So Long, So Wrong certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  21. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - October 12, 2010: New Favorite certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  23. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - October 12, 2010: Live certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  24. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - October 12, 2010: Lonely Runs Both Ways certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  25. ^ "British Phonographic Industry search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 13, 2010.