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Jun 10, 2024 - 5:24:14 PM
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Great news from the world of Bluegrass - Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, after not playing a live show since 2016 and the last album the group  released was in 2011, is getting back together and will be touring beginning in April, 2025!

I first learned about this on the Facebook page of Jerry Douglas several weeks ago. And two weeks ago Chris Pandolfi, banjo player for The Infamous Stringdusters had Jerry on his first podcast of the season which he calls Inside the Musician's Mind. Well worth a listen. I couldn't find a direct link on Chris' website to this episode, but you'll figure it out.

Jerry told Chris they already have two new AKUS albums "in the can." 

So for those who weren't fans of the Alison/Robert Plant configuration it would appear that after their current summer tour that will be the end of that duo.

Speaking of the Stringdusters, I saw them several weeks ago for the first time in a number of years in a relatively small club in MIll Valley called The Sweetwater Music Hall, just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. Andy Hall was on fire as was the whole band. They flat out kicked a$$!

https://www.chrispandolfi.com/itmb 

Jun 10, 2024 - 9:31:50 PM
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797 posts since 1/18/2012

That’s great news! And yes, I just didn’t get the Alison/Plant stuff—it did nothing for me. But my tastes can be questioned, I like a fine chianti with cheetos.

Jun 11, 2024 - 4:15:29 AM
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WGale

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63 posts since 4/15/2022

Thanks for the info Mark. I saw them last in 2016 at the Broward Performing Arts Theater in Ft. Lauderdale, great show.

Jun 11, 2024 - 10:31:12 AM
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daver

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823 posts since 9/2/2008

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"...So for those who weren't fans of the Alison/Robert Plant configuration..."

"... I just didn’t get the Alison/Plant stuff..."

Saw RP/AK live for the first time last year.  Delightful show! Great band, great harmonies, some of Robert Plant's best vocals ever (I'm not a fan of the screech...).  Q:  What does the most Grammy awarded roots singer/musician do with her spare time?  A:  Anything she wants!

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GREAT NEWS!  Can't wait!

Jun 11, 2024 - 11:42:51 AM
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4768 posts since 7/27/2008

I saw them after the first album (five Grammys) came out. It was at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in I believe 2009.  For you former JDBB members the late Mr.  Nefarious   (Art Kohnke)  and his wife came down from Oregon and stayed at our place. We went to the festival, and it was a great set with a phenomenal band. The Jerry Douglas Band went on before them. Art stopped at Todd Clinesmith's place in Southern Oregon and brought a smaller body reso for me  and any other local dobroists to check out, more of an R-body style which he wouldn't normally build. Sweet guitar!

We saw Krauss/Plant again at an outdoor show in Napa two summers ago after the second album was released. Fantastic concert! 

From the first album they did together my favorite song was "Through the Morning, Through the Night" with Alison on the lead vocal. It was written by the late great Gene Clark after he left The Byrds and was in his Dillard & Clark  era in Los Angeles. 

And now that I think about it, Chianti with Cheetos sounds like an excellent pairing. wink

Jun 11, 2024 - 5:17:48 PM

797 posts since 1/18/2012

Dave & Mark, I’ll bet they were great live, with amazing musicians.

I’ve only heard the songs on satellite radio. Just didn’t seem to inspire me want to purchase an album.

Are their albums something you queue up ?

Jun 12, 2024 - 1:38:33 PM
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Originally posted by Lounge Primate

Dave & Mark, I’ll bet they were great live, with amazing musicians.

I’ve only heard the songs on satellite radio. Just didn’t seem to inspire me want to purchase an album.

Are their albums something you queue up ?


Yeah, I listen to both of them. But it's like anything else, there aren't  that many albums I listen to from start to finish so I do some skipping. Though I also have Apple Music, I still have a bazillion CDS. I have a lot of vinyl, but my stereo system needs some work so that I can get back to playing actual vinyl.

There are legitimately great songs on both albums. I mentioned earlier "Through the Morning, Through the Night." Check out the video below, and T Bone Burnett's guitar solo near the end. And Greg Leisz on pedal steel - one of my favorite musicians, period. What he plays is absolutely perfect for the song - like when Jerry is playing with Alison. 

 My brothers and I were huge fans of The Byrds, and to this day my favorite Byrds song is "Feel a Whole Lot Better" from the first album. That one was written by Gene Clark. 

This is a great version of this Clark classic from the first Krauss/Plant album

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 06/12/2024 13:43:56

Jun 12, 2024 - 3:01:33 PM
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797 posts since 1/18/2012

Ok, you sold me. I am a big fan also of Greg Leisz. That was nice.

Jun 20, 2024 - 8:48:33 AM

1417 posts since 1/14/2011

I saw AKUS at The Mountain Winery in 2012 and wondering when they'll be back in the area. From what I've seen, hardcore, bluegrass groups tend to restrict tours to the east and midwest, so I feel fortunate to have seen AKUS live in CA.

Jun 20, 2024 - 12:19:32 PM

4768 posts since 7/27/2008

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Originally posted by Oboe Cadobro

I saw AKUS at The Mountain Winery in 2012 and wondering when they'll be back in the area. From what I've seen, hardcore, bluegrass groups tend to restrict tours to the east and midwest, so I feel fortunate to have seen AKUS live in CA.


They are definitely not what some "purists" refer to as hardcore bluegrass - though when the song calls for it, they are of course among the best of the best.

I have seen AKUS I believe 11 times going back to 1996 when Adam Steffey was still in the band, two years prior to Jerry joining. These concerts have all been in NorCal except for one time - late 2003 when the Walt Disney Concert Hall had just opened in Los Angeles (Jerry: "I think it's safe to say I'm the first person to ever play a dobro here."wink)

If memory serves, the AKUS Live CD was the first ever bluegrass album to top sales of one million copies. 

Contrast the traveling arrangements of my other favorite 'grass band - Blue Highway when Rob was with them. They would fly out here to the west coast and usually  travel between gigs in a van.

 AKUS after the world caught on to what they were about (after "Oh Brother Where Art Thou") two state of the art tour buses along with a tractor/trailer rig.

I'd say it's pretty much a 100% sure thing they will be back out on the west coast when they start touring again.

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 06/20/2024 12:29:40

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