Alison Krauss announces first new solo record in 17 years – Listen to first single

Alison Krauss will release her first solo album in 17 years this year (imagine what you were doing back in 2000 – taking it easy after the millennium bug’s non appearance probably). “Windy City” is out through Decca in the UK in March, and out of the blue today she’s also releasing the first single from the record: Losing You. The new album will feature ten songs selected with producer Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard’s final solo album) – panning different eras and musical genres original/previously recorded by artists including Willie Nelson,The Osborne Brothers, Glen Campbell, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles and more.    

Adele is apparently a big fan (“I’m obsessed with her. Not like stalker vibes – but almost!”) but you can enjoy her new sound in a slightly less stalker-ish manner by clicking play below.  Look out for a review on AUK soon.

‘Windy City’ Tracklisting:

1. Losing You – Written by Pierre Havet, Jean Renard and Carl Sigman. Originally recorded by Brenda Lee for her 1963 album ‘Let Me Sing’.

2. It’s Goodbye And So Long To You (background vocals by Dan Tyminski and Hank Williams Jr.) – Written by Raymond Couture and Harold J. Breau in 1952. Originally recorded by The Osborne Brothers with Mac Wiseman, it appears on their 1979 collection ‘The Essential Bluegrass Album’.

3. Windy City (background vocals by Suzanne Cox and Jamey Johnson) – Written by Pete Goble and Bobby Osborne. Originally recorded by The Osborne Brothers for their 1972 album ‘Bobby and Sonny’.

4. I Never Cared For You (background vocals by Suzanne Cox and Sidney Cox) – Written and originally recorded by Willie Nelson in 1964 as a single for Monument Records.

5. River In The Rain – Written by Roger Miller for the 1985 Broadway musical ‘Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’.

6. Dream Of Me (background vocals by Buddy Cannon and Melonie Cannon) – Written by Buddy Cannon, Jimmy Darrell & Raleigh Squires. Was a top 10 single on Vern Gosdin’s 1981 album ‘Today My World Slipped Away’. Alison originally heard the song performed live by Jim & Jesse McReynold’s in the early 80’s.

7. Gentle On My Mind (background vocals by Teddy Gentry and Suzanne Cox) – Written and recorded by John Hartford for his 1967 album ‘Earthwords & Music’. It was popularized by Glen Campbell as the title track of his GRAMMY Award-winning 1967 Capitol Records album.

8. All Alone Am I – Originally written by Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis for the film ‘The Island of the Brave’, the song was later given English lyrics by Arthur Altman and popularized by Brenda Lee as the title track of her 1962 album.

9. Poison Love (background vocals by Dan Tyminski and Jamey Johnson) – Written by Elmer Laird. Originally recorded by Bill Monroe as the b-side to his ‘On the Old Kentucky Shore’ single released in 1951.

10. You Don’t Know Me – Written by Cindy Walker & Eddy Arnold. Originally recorded by Arnold in 1955 as a single, it was later popularized by Ray Charles on his 1962 album ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’.

Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield is the long-suffering editor of Americana UK, conceiving the idea in a dark room in 2001, although he ran out of words to personally review anything in about 2007.

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