Alison Kraus & Union Station bringing bluegrass to Center for the Arts

By Kelli Bocock-Natale

Release Date: September 18, 2000

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Metropolitan Entertainment will present an evening with Alison Krauss & Union Station at 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Mainstage Theatre located in the Center for the Arts (CFA) on the North Campus.

Alison Krauss began taking classical violin lessons when she was 5. At 8, she began playing bluegrass and soon was playing in bluegrass festivals and winning fiddle competitions around the country. Her initial acclaim was as an instrumentalist, but soon it was her voice that captivated people's attention.

Her debut album, Too Late To Cry, was released when she was just 16. By age 18, she had earned her first Grammy nomination for Two Highways and a year later Alison won her first of 10 Grammys for I've Got That Old Feeling. In 1993, Alison joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry where she still remains the youngest cast member. Her commercial breakthrough came in 1995 when she released Now That I've Found You: A Collection, which went double platinum, selling over two million copies.

Alison has always been in demand for studio work. She has sung on recordings by artists as diverse as Bad Company, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Phish and Michael McDonald. Her recordings have been used on movie and TV soundtracks including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twister, Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil, and most recently Happy, Texas.

Her band, Union Station, features some of the finest bluegrass musicians on the scene today, including: Barry Bales (bass), Ron Block (banjo, guitar), Jerry Douglas (dobro), and Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin).

Tickets for Alison Krauss & Union Station are $27.50. They are available at the CFA Box Office (Tues.-Fri. noon-6 p.m.) and all Ticketmaster locations including Kaufmann's and Movies Plus. To charge tickets, call 852-5000, in Canada 1-416-870-8000. For more information call 645-ARTS. Visit the CFA Web site at www.arts.buffalo.edu .