August 14

Alison Krauss & Union Station Band’s “New Favorite” Turns 17

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On August 14, 2001, the bluegrass music group consisting of Alison Krauss and Union Station Band released their ninth studio album New Favorite. Today, the multi-awarded group celebrates the 17th year since the record’s release. As a way to congratulate them, we bring you a brief look back on the album, its recognition, and some of biggest hits it produced.

Alison Krauss & Union Station Band’s New Favorite

New Favorite came out the same year the soundtrack of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? was released. The 2000 crime-comedy film was believed to have impacted significantly the bluegrass music in the United States. A well-known artist in bluegrass music, Krauss, who appeared on the film’s soundtrack was certainly part of the reasons for such.

2001 was undeniably a lucky year for Krauss and Union Station Band. During this year, the group amassed several accolades for their New Favorite album. Accordingly, the record bagged home the Best Bluegrass Album title from Grammy. The album’s commercial success also extends to its chart performances. That same year, the record entered the Billboard 200 Top 50. It likewise reached the magazine’s Top 5 list of both Country and Bluegrass music. Finally, New Favorite received a gold certification from RIAA. Given these accomplishments, Alison Krauss & Union Station Band went on to become the new mainstays favorite in the music world.

Notable Tracks from the Album

Apart from the album’s win, they won a pair of awards for the album’s track “The Lucky One.” These are the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Country Song awards. The song was considered Krauss and her band’s biggest hit from the album. Other great tunes included on the album were as follows:

“Let Me Touch You for a While” is a sultry song which serves as the album’s opening track. It’s a very mature tune that’s peppered with depth and a far cry from the country music of today. The song specifically centered on the weak and flawed human nature and almost everyone could easily relate to it.

“The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn” displays the coolest arrangement which is why fans of the group couldn’t help but take the song as a favorite. Dan’s vocals on this track appeared very powerful. Jerry’s dobro, on the other, added to the grassy vibe that was so apparent from the beginning until the song’s ending.

In the song “Momma Cried,” Dan took the lead vocal. Here, each of the members had a significant contribution. Their stellar instrument performances (Ron on the banjo, Barry on bass, and Alison on fiddle) all brought the song to a stunning delivery. Unfortunately, many had oftentimes overlooked the song.

With the album almost reaching two decades in existence, we hope that fans and supporters of the group would consider their New Favorite album as their old-time favorite record.

In honor of the album’s 17th release anniversary and to celebrate with Krauss and her band, let’s listen to the award-winning single “The Lucky One” below.

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