Alison Krauss + Union Station.
Come April, it will be three years since the band has put out an album. They need to get moving on that - though it was seven years between their last two disks, so I'm not that hopeful they'll be expedient.
Technically, Union Station has two lead vocalists - with Alison and Dan Tyminski. Both have semi-recent projects out, so I says to myself, I says: Why not make today a two-fer?
Krauss has a semi-traditional piece out - released late last year. It's a song from something called Frog Trouble. A collection of songs from an illustrated songbook. I don't quite get it, but I like the song, "End of a Summer Storm", a lot. I don't think Union Station appears on the song, but it's hard to tell. There is guitar and mandolin, but there is also piano, which the group doesn't use. Of course here, the piano is used to symbolize the summer storm.
The song is good, and since it's from a children's (like) book, the video is a little.....eh....but I suppose it works. But as I always say - this is not about the video, just the music. So I hope you enjoy it.
Tyminski's project is less traditional for a bluegrass guitarist and mandolin player. He provides vocals for Avicii's "Hey Brother" (which you may have gotten a free download of a dance version if you had the 12 Days of Christmas app in December).
I got bored a bit with Avicii's "Wake Up". It's ok now and again, but radio, for what little I even listen to it, was all over it. Too much so. Radio knows how to kill a tune.
So I thought the combination of a dance music artist and a bluegrass one was an interesting combination.
Tyminski is a voice that needs no auto-tuning, yet Avicii feels the need. It's not Key-Dollar-Sign-Ha or Britney Spears auto-tuned, but still..... I guess you can't have a radio friendly tune without some auto-tune these days....and isn't that just sad?
I like Dan's voice, but I don't know it's anything to which I'd ever get out onto the dance floor in which to shake my money maker. But I'm not a going out to dance kind of guy anyways.