Union Station (band)
|Genres||Bluegrass / Country,|
|Past members||Tim Stafford
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.
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. 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. 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.
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." 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 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. 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, 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
- Alison Krauss - lead vocals, piano, fiddle
- Dave Denman vocals, guitar
- Larry Atamanuik - drums, percussion
- Barry Bales - bass
- Ron Block - guitar, banjo
- Tim Stafford - guitar, mandolin (until 1994)
- Adam Steffey - mandolin (until 1998)
- Dan Tyminski - vocals, guitar, mandolin (starting 1994)
- Jerry Douglas - dobro (from 1998)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|Every Time You Say Goodbye||
|So Long So Wrong||
|Lonely Runs Both Ways||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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