July 24

Alison Krauss’ Biggest Country Hit “When You Say Nothing at All”

Even though Alison Krauss hasn’t been releasing any songs as a solo artist lately, she still performs on festivals. She recently made an appearance at Willie Nelson‘s Outlaw Festival, where she performed with the Grateful Dead bassist and two of his band members. Krauss is also expected to perform with Nelson this September at Ballpark at Jackson, so grab your tickets as soon as you can.

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Happy Birthday Alison Krauss. Photo via grammy.com

Alison Krauss’ Highest-charting Song “When You Say Nothing at All”

Since Krauss just turned 47 yesterday, we can’t help it but focus the spotlight on her country music career; and what song brought her to that spotlight was her cover of Keith Whitley‘s “When You Say Nothing at All.” In 1995, Krauss, together with her band The Union Station, recorded the song as part of BNA record’s tribute album to Whitley known as Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album. The album included thirteen songs of Whitley, covered by different artists, but it was Krauss’ version of “When You Say Nothing at All” that was recognized the most.

When it was released as a single, the song reached number three on the country chart, hence making this Krauss’ highest-charting single. Aside from having her song on the top 10 of the Billboard, she won CMA’s Single of the Year too. That year was indeed an absolute treat for her. She was not only recognized but she was also given a lot more opportunities in her career.

There was also a version of an electronically-made duet of Krauss and Whitley singing “When You Say Nothing at All,” but it was never released as an official record to the public.

Here is Krauss’ version of the song:

The Making of the Song and its Popularity

“When You Say Nothing at All” was popularized by Whitley in 1988. It was penned out by two songwriters (Paul Overstreet and Don Schiltz) in an unproductive day. The song not only became popular in the country chart but also in other charts. Ronan Keating brought the song to different charts all over the world, including the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand (all sat at number one).

We hope you’ll like this successful country song, and let’s not forget to greet the Grammy-award winning artist, Alison Krauss, a happy birthday.

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