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5 cool cover songs by Alison Krauss

In 1997, Alison Krauss & Union Station, a young, attractive bluegrass crew with traditional chops but modern spirit, released an album called So Long So Wrong. The art for that record was a subtle spoof of AC/DC's iconic Highway to Hell record; in the liner notes, the hard-rock crew was paid tribute to yet again, with Krauss even flashing some devil horns.

It might have looked like a lark, but for Krauss, a prodigious fiddler and singer since the age of 10 — and now the most awarded female artist in Grammy history at age 40 — it was much-needed rebellion. Although the Decatur, Ill., native's Opry skills are practically peerless and her crystalline soprano is as close to perfect as it gets, she is also a bit of a rule-breaker, a response no doubt to being so goody-goody for so long.

So when Krauss and her phenomenal band play a sold-out Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, look out for her to cut loose with some decidedly non-Opry faves.

Sean Daly, Times pop music critic



It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference: Todd Rundgren's '70s classic gets a lush, lonely redo from the female perspective on Krauss' decidedly vintage Forget About It album.


Killing the Blues: Her career masterwork is her 2007 pairing with Led Zep's Robert Plant: the May-December duet of Raising Sand and this bittersweet track written by Rowland Salley, a.k.a. Chris Isaak's bassist.


Missing You: Alison must have a thing for older British dudes, as this duet reimagining of John Waite's '80s ballad is an emotional powerhouse too hot to be faked. No surprise, work eventually led to a lil' real romance.


Baby Mine: Remember that scene in Dumbo when the floppy-eared lil' guy goes to visit his incarcerated mom? And she rocks him, and they both cry, and this song plays? Um yeah, Krauss makes it even sadder. Brutal.


Baby, Now That I've Found You: Krauss puts the brakes on the Foundations' 1967 chuggy hit, slowing things down to sweet, sexy, blissful pillow talk.

Sean Daly can be reached at or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at

If You Go: Alison Krauss & Union Station perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. The show is sold out. (727) 791-7400.

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