Alison Krauss Celebrates 20th Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry Member (from the mailbag)

Alison Krauss 20th cake and Pete by Chris Hollo-1408 7-3-13
The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored Alison
Krauss on her 20th anniversary as an Opry member last night at the
Wednesday Night Opry with performances by Krauss and Union Station, bluegrass
great Larry Sparks, multi-award-winner Jamey Johnson, and more. Krauss was
inducted as an Opry member on July 3, 1993.
Following performances by Krauss and Union
Station and collaborations with Johnson and Sparks, Opry Vice President and
General Manager Pete Fisher honored the 20-year member with a commemorative
print and words about her career.  
“Alison truly is the artist’s artist,” Fisher
said. “She is looked up to by some of the finest performers in the music
industry as truly the best. … For those of us who are destined to go to heaven,
you give us a sneak peek of what an angel sounds like.”

“A fallen angel!” Krauss quipped
before recognizing the members of Union Station. “We all feel so lucky to get to
do this together,” she said. “And I feel the luckiest of all to get to play with
these guys.”
Krauss’s celebration was part of the Opry’s
All-American All-Star Week, which continues with shows tomorrow (July 5) and
Saturday, July 6. Among those scheduled to round out the week are Carrie
Underwood, The Band Perry, Lennon and Maisy from ABC’s Nashville,
Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, and more.
One of the finest bluegrass virtuosos in
the world, Krauss’ reputation as a renowned musician and singer was cemented in
her early teens.  She effortlessly bridges the gap between traditional music and
country, rock and pop.  An award-winning producer and a highly sought-after
collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music
and she has garnered 27 GRAMMY Awards in her career, unsurpassed by any other
female artist. Krauss's work on films such as Cold Mountain and O
Brother Where Art Thou
 has contributed immeasurably to the renaissance of
American roots music.  Her most recent album is Paper Airplane, which
was recorded in partnership with her longstanding band Union Station.  The album
debuted #1 on the Billboard Country, Bluegrass and Folk Album Charts upon its
release in 2011.
The Grand Ole Opry® is presented
by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year. The
Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 11, and Wednesday night shows continue
through Aug. 7.  To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to
Photos by: Chris Hollo
  • Alison Krauss 20th with Larry Sparks  by Chris Hollo -1578 7-3-13
  • Alison Krauss 20th cake and Pete by Chris Hollo-1408 7-3-13
  • Alison Krauss 20th with Jamey Johnson by Chris Hollo-1669 7-3-13
  • Alison Krauss 20th with Union Station and Pete by Chris Hollo-1756 7-3-13
Alison Krauss 20th with Union Station and Pete by Chris Hollo-1756 7-3-13



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