Alison Krauss and Union Station will be making an eagerly anticipated appearance on the Lawn at White River State Park on June 9th. Hard to believe it, but the last time they recorded a studio album together, it was seven years ago, and when they started work on it, Alison said she was plagued by migraines over the course of making the album. The result, however, is well worth the wait, with a cover of a song by Jackson Browne, an original co-written by Alison’s bass-playing brother Viktor (known for his work with Lyle Lovett), an intensely lovely original title track composed by someone else but inspired by a conversation with Alison herself, and much more.The standout, though, may be a reading of the Richard and Linda Thompson song “Dimming of the Day” – it’s a performance so heartfelt, in fact, that Alison reported being moved to tears during the recording of it. And, fair warning, you might want to have a box of tissues handy when we play it on Sunday, as you may react much the same way on hearing it. I’ll fess up that I got a lump in the throat on first hearing…it’s that good.
Join us on Sunday, and get an early taste of what promises to be one of the best albums – and, indeed, best concerts – of 2011, on this week’s WTTS OverEasy, 7 to 11 am AND pm on 92.3 WTTS.
– Todd Berryman