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Alison Krauss
 
26 year-old Champaign-raised bluegrass/country queen (who now makes her home in Nashville, TN) was nominated for 2 1996 Grammy awards -- Best Country Collaboration (for her work with Vince Gill) and Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("Baby Be Mine."). The vocalist/ fiddle player received the "collaboration" award, running her total to 6. She's recently been on the David Letterman show...

She's probably best categorized as a bluegrass artist, though the music world considers her a country star (She was Rolling Stone's 1995 country artist of the year). She was the first bluegrass artist in three decades to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Either way, her music nicely modernizes one of America's oldest musical traditions.

She's been on Rounder Records since the age of 14 (resisting the overtures of a number of majors), and has released solo and band records alternately for most of that time. She and her band Union Station have a new album (Forget About It) out in 1999 on Rounder Reords. Their previous record -- also on Rounder was entitled So Long So Wrong (March, 1997).

For more information, visit their website: http://www.alisonkrauss.com

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