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Alison Krauss and Union Station - Lonely Runs Both Ways

Lonely Runs Both Ways

Alison Krauss and Union Station

11661 0525-2

Rounder Records
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(al@squirrelheads.com)

It is so easy to become spoiled by excellence. Few people are creating musical that measures up to the tastefully elegance of Alison Krauss and Union Station. Yet, somehow they have topped themselves with Lonely Runs Both Ways.

Several of the songs on the album were penned by R.L. Castleman, who has authored many of their most popular tunes the past few years. Ron Block's fingerstyle guitar work is punctuated by Jerry Douglas' Dobro, while Alison sings dreamily through another exquisitely written song. Sometimes a person just doesn't have enough ears.

Perhaps the most memorable track on this CD will be their treatment of Woody Guthrie's Pastures of Plenty, played sparsely with Ron Block offering a simple banjo roll to Dan (Man of Constant Sorrow) Tyminski's vocals. This is not another folksy rehash of the song. But it still tells the story of the song.

Lovers of the band's instrumental work will want to turn up the volume on Unionhouse Branch, a tune written by Jerry Douglas. While there is no voice quite like Alison's, it is as much a treat to hear her play fiddle as it is to hear her sing. Everyone in the band gets to cut loose on this tune.

Alison Krauss and Union Station have built an amazing catalog of outstanding music over the years. And this might be their best yet.

Track List:

  • Gravity (R.L. Castleman)
  • Restless (R.L. Castleman)
  • Rain Please Go Away (Del McCoury)
  • Goodbye is All We Have (Sarah Siskind)
  • Unionhouse Branch (Jerry Douglas)
  • Wouldn't Be So Bad (Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
  • Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
  • Crazy As Me (R.L. Castleman)
  • Borderline (Sidney Cox and Suzanne Cox)
  • My Poor Old Heart (Donna Hughes)
  • This Sad Song (Alison Krauss and Alison Brown)
  • Doesn't Have To Be This Way (R.L. Castleman)
  • I Don't Have to Live This Way (Ron Block)
  • If I Didn't Know Any Better (John Scott Sherrill and Mindy Smith)
  • A Living Prayer (Ron Block)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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