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Editors’ Notes

Coming after the high-profile success of Raising Sand, Krauss’ collaboration with Robert Plant, Paper Airplane reunites Krauss with her old band Union Station for tunes that are often somber either in tone or in theme. Robert Lee Castleman’s country ballad, “Paper Airplane,” opens the album and sets the tone. Peter Rowan’s “Dust Bowl Children,” with Dan Tyminki on vocals, works on the uptick and “Lie Awake” keeps an easeful lope, but the tension is beginning to build as Krauss’ vocals indicate an emerging desperation. Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Dimming of the Day” retains its forlorn cadences. Jeremy Lister’s “Sinking Stone” and Jackson Browne’s “My Opening Farewell” offer the perfect pathos for Krauss to bring forth a worldview that has many unanswered questions. However, Union Station bring their expert musicianship and lift the tragedy of Sidney Cox’s “Bonita and Bill Butler” with passionate, precise banjo, the kind that has always brought great relief to bluegrass bands the world over.

Customer Reviews

Enjoying the whole album

This is a great group! I have always enjoyed their music and Dust Bowl Children is absolutely addicting!

Long Overdue

First to review.... I've actually had these tracks since the end of March, and I have been listening to them daily:) Outstanding and long overdue, this CD soars with selections that highlight each members' strong points and emphasizes Alison & Dan's contrasting vocal styles. Not a subpar track in the mix, these 11 songs represent AKUS at their best.... Let's hope that they don't wait another 7 years to put out their next release;) Enjoy!!

Thank you again AK & Union Station!

I am a long-time musician, who's latest project was a groove metal band, but who's musical interests are very broad...I have been a fan of bluegrass since I was little. When AK & Union Station appeared, they brought a whole new dynamic to bluegrass and it has blown my mind ever since. For me, this is the counter to the high-energy and often dark-themed metal I love. Her voice is so utterly pure and angelic, and they all have this way of never over-doing it. The flash, the self-indulgence that comes across with so many bands in different genres is NEVER present in their music. Somehow, they possess the magical ability to put the exact right amount of notes together in the exact right way. I've been waiting for this album for a while now, and it is some of the best they've done, in my opinion...Can't wait to see them this summer!


Formed: 1984 in Decatur, IL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Alison Krauss, along with her band the Union Station, helped bring bluegrass to a new audience in the '90s. Blending bluegrass with folk, 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 and Now That I've Found You, she matured from a child prodigy to a versatile, ambitious, and diverse musician and, in the process, made some of the...
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