For many people, Alison Krauss was their gateway to bluegrass. Her performance on “Whiskey Lullabye,” as well as the O Brother Where Art Thou, soundtrack put her in the ears and minds of millions. At the same time, she has one of the most beautiful voices in American music. However, she started sharing that voice with the world at a young age and has used it to win several awards as well as the hearts of many fans.
Today, Alison Krauss turns fifty years old. To celebrate the milestone birthday, we’re going to look back at some of the highlights of her long career.
Alison Krauss Started at a Young Age
Alison Krauss started playing the fiddle at the age of five, according to Copper Magazine. It didn’t take her long to fall in love with bluegrass. Then, at the age of 13, she won her first fiddle competition.
One year later, Alison Krauss stepped into the studio for the first time to play on her brother’s album Different Strokes. That album is full of bluegrass and traditional Irish tunes and puts Alison’s fiddle skills on full display.
Three years later, Alison Krauss recorded her debut album Too Late to Cry. That record is full of great bluegrass tunes and hit shelves in 1987. Later that year, she joined Union Station, the band with which she still performs.
Alison Krauss and Union Station released their first record in June of 1989. She was only 17.
Alison Krauss became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 21. She was the first bluegrass artist to join the Opry in almost three decades. At that time, she was the youngest artist to ever become a bonafide member.
A Truckload of Awards
Alison Krauss has taken home a whole pile of awards, including 27 Grammy Awards. Krauss won her first Grammy Award in February of 1991. She was only 19. At that time Krauss was the second-youngest winner in Grammy history. Those wins include Best Bluegrass Recording for I’ve Got That Old Feeling which was her first. Additionally, she won Record of the Year for her collaboration with legendary guitarist Robert Plant.
The year before she took home her first Grammy, Alison Krauss took home Female Vocalist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association. She would go on to win that award multiple times. She has also taken home the IBMA Entertainer of the Year award. All told, she has won 14 IBMA Awards out of 14 nominations.
Alison Krauss’ trophy case also contains 2 ACM awards, 2 Americana Music Awards, 9 CMAs, and 2 Dove Awards, according to her website. Krauss has also taken home trophies from CMT as well as the Canadian Country Music Awards.
In 2019, Alison Krauss was awarded the National Medal of the Arts.
So, Alison Krauss has plenty to celebrate today. She started her career at a young age by digging into the roots of American music. Since then, she has collaborated with artists from several genres and generations.