Alison Krauss and Union Station coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
This seems like an insane question to ask, but: Are Alison Krauss and Union Station the most critically acclaimed American band in history?
Putting aside wildly successful (but not necessarily critically adored) bands like Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, the Eagles and Journey, it's a question worth asking. Solo artists like Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder may be more beloved by critics, and groups like the Beach Boys, R.E.M. and Nirvana have racked up their share of critical raves, too.
But critics can't seem to keep falling over themselves praising the delicate country-folk stylings of Krauss and her crew. Krauss alone has won 26 Grammys over the years -- third most all time -- including two Album of the Year nods, for Raising Sand with Robert Plant, and for her contributions to the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack. (Her Union Station guitarist Dan Tyminski is best known for his Grammy-winning version of Man of Constant Sorrow.) You can gripe about the legitimacy of the Grammys all you want, but that's a hell of a lot of trophies, more than the likes of other populist artists, such as U2, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin and John Williams.
So we ask you? Don't Alison Krauss and Union Station belong in the discussion of most critically acclaimed American groups ever?
While you're pondering that, ponder this: According to their website, Krauss and Union Station will be returning to Tampa Bay for the first time since 2005 with an Aug. 21 concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. They will be joined by renowned dobro guitarist Jerry Douglas in what promises to be a night of exquisite musicianship.
Tickets are $45, $75, $85 and $125, and they'll go onsale Friday at noon. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*