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The careful selection of covers on Windy City speaks volumes about Alison Krauss’ inspirations as an artist. Here, she offers a warmly nostalgic musical tour of mid-century Nashville. These are deep cuts—among the Bill Monroe b-sides and obscure bluegrass covers are only a few hits by Glen Campbell and Brenda Lee. But Krauss makes every song sound effortlessly her own, from the string-accompanied heartbreak “Losing You” to the gently swinging twang of “Dream of Me.”
Born: July 23, 1971 in Decatur, IL
Years Active: ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s
With her silky vocals, warm personality, and estimable skills as a fiddler, Alison Krauss helped bring bluegrass to a new audience with music that stayed true to the roots of the style while adding appeal for country and pop audiences. Blending bluegrass with folk and country accents, Krauss was instantly acclaimed from the start of her career, but it wasn’t until her platinum-selling 1995 compilation Now That I’ve Found You that she became a mainstream star. Between her 1987 debut Too Late to Cry…