Windy City (album)

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Windy City
Alison Krauss Windy City cover.jpg
Cover of the album's standard edition
Studio album by Alison Krauss
Released February 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
Recorded 2013, 2016
Genre Country, Nashville Sound
Length 34:14
Label Capitol
Producer Buddy Cannon
Alison Krauss chronology
Essential Alison Krauss
(2009)Essential Alison Krauss2009
Windy City
(2017)

Windy City is the fifth solo studio album by bluegrass-country artist Alison Krauss. Released on February 17, 2017, the album is Krauss' first solo release in almost eighteen years, and includes ten covers of classic songs that she selected with producer Buddy Cannon.[1]

The deluxe edition adds four live versions of tracks.[2] The Target Exclusive version adds two more tracks to the deluxe edition.[3] The Cracker Barrel Exclusive version adds one more track to the regular edition.[4] The Barnes & Noble Exclusive vinyl LP version has an alternate cover image.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic69/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]
Consequence of SoundB[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[9]
Exclaim!8/10[10]
Uncut3/5 stars[11]

Windy City received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 69 based on 10 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[6]

Mark Deming of AllMusic rated the album four out of five stars and calls it "a richly satisfying experience."[7] Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Madison Vain rated the album an A- and states Windy City "enforces Krauss' legacy as one of American music’s standout talents."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

Windy City debuted at number one on both the country and Americana charts in the US and UK, as well as number nine on the all-genre Billboard 200 with 38,000 album-equivalent units, of which 36,000 were pure album sales.[12] As of March 2018 the album has sold 128,800 copies in the United States.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Windy City[14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist(s)Length
1."Losing You"Pierre Havet, Jean Renard, Carl SigmanBrenda Lee2:55
2."It's Goodbye and So Long to You"Raymond Couture, Harold J. BreauThe Osborne Brothers and Mac Wiseman3:11
3."Windy City"Bobby Osborne, Pete GobleThe Osborne Brothers3:15
4."I Never Cared for You"Willie NelsonWillie Nelson2:45
5."River in the Rain"Roger MillerRoger Miller3:52
6."Dream of Me"Jimmy Darrell, Raleigh Squires, Buddy CannonVern Gosdin4:03
7."Gentle on My Mind"John HartfordGlen Campbell3:34
8."All Alone Am I"Manos Hadjidakis, Arthur AltmanBrenda Lee3:26
9."Poison Love"Elmer LairdBill Monroe2:55
10."You Don't Know Me"Cindy Walker, Eddy ArnoldEddy Arnold4:18
Total length:34:14

Personnel[edit]

  • Barry Bales - bass
  • Richard Bennett - bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Tic Tac
  • Ron Block - gut string guitar
  • Buddy Cannon - background vocals
  • Melonie Cannon - background vocals
  • Sidney Cox - background vocals
  • Suzanne Cox - background vocals
  • Chad Cromwell - drums
  • Scott Ducaj - trumpet
  • Teddy Gentry - background vocals
  • John Hobbs - Hammond B3, piano
  • Jim Horn - saxophone
  • Jamey Johnson - background vocals
  • Mike Johnson - lap steel guitar
  • Alison Krauss - vocals, fiiddle
  • Kenny Malone - percussion
  • Brent Mason - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Joe Murphy - tuba
  • Matt Rollings - piano
  • Charles Rose - trombone
  • Jeff Taylor - accordion
  • Bobby Terry - acoustic guitar
  • Dan Tyminski - background vocals
  • Tommy White - lap steel guitar
  • Hank Williams, Jr. - background vocals
Strings
  • Monisa Angell
  • Zach Casebolt
  • Seanad Chang
  • Janet Darnall
  • David Davidson
  • Conni Ellisor
  • Jim Grosjean
  • Ali Hoffman
  • Anthony LaMarchina
  • Carole Rabinowitz
  • Sari Reist
  • Julia Tanner
  • Wei Tsun Chang
  • Mary Kathryn Van Osdale
  • Vanosdale
  • Katelyn Westergard
  • Kristin Wilkinson
  • Karen Winkelmann

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 70
Australia Country Albums (ARIA)[16] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 126
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 35
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 46
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 66
Irish Albums (IRMA)[21] 17
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 40
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 18
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 29
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 72
Taiwanese Albums (Five Music)[27] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 6
UK Country Albums (OCC)[29] 1
US Billboard 200[30] 9
US Top Bluegrass Albums (Billboard)[31] 1
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[32] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[33] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
United States February 17, 2017 Capitol [2]
United Kingdom March 3, 2017
  • CD
  • Digital download
Decca [34]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Alison Krauss - Windy City (Target Exclusive)". Target. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Alison Krauss - Windy City CD". Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
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  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Windy City by Alison Krauss". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Windy City - Alison Krauss". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ Ham, Robert (February 14, 2017). "Alison Krauss – Windy City". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Vain, Madison (February 22, 2017). "Alison Krauss' Windy City: EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ Côté, Thierry (February 17, 2017). "Alison Krauss: Windy City Review". Exclaim!. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Review: Windy City by Alison Krauss". Uncut. London: 32. April 2017. 
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  24. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
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  27. ^ "Weekly Top 20 – Five Music Chart 2017/3/17 - 2017/3/23" (in Chinese). Five Music. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
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