Never heard of Alison Krauss?
How about Union Station?Rounder Records?
That's OK. Better that they retain a little less limelight than be spoiled by selling out to the masses. Somehow there's unspoiled honesty and integrity with talent that is on the cusp of serious recognition.
Which is exactly what you get with Krauss and her band, Union Station.
The bluegrass/country/folk quintet will make a Salt Lake appearance at the Capitol Theatre Monday, June 8, at 8 p.m. The show is being presented by the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association.
While perhaps not a household name - yet - someone's listening to the music. Krauss - whose lilt-filled voice is equaled only by her virtuosic fiddle-playing - and Union Station have garnered enough music awards from seven albums to load up a flat-bed truck.
Nine Grammys. Four awards each from the Country Music and International Bluegrass Music Associations and the Nashville Music Awards. Not to mention Rolling Stone country artist of the year in 1995.
Pretty good for a bluegrass outfit whose members hail from, of all places, the Midwest, Vermont and California.
The ensemble (Krauss on fiddle; Ron Block does songwriting and plays banjo, guitar and backup vocals; Barry Bales is on bass; Dan Tyminski plays guitar and also sings; and Adam Steffey plays mandolin) cannot be pegged as strictly bluegrass, nor are they entirely country.
A healthy portion of folk completes the unique style of sound, as the genres blend seamlessly, yet carry distinct melodies and harmonies faithful to the resurgent sound of Nashville.
For Monday night's show, longtime bluegrass session man and Dobro player Jerry Douglas will replace Steffey for a stint as the "newest" member of Union Station.
Tickets available through ARTIX, 1-888-451-ARTS or 355-ARTS, or at the Capitol Theatre box office.