by Robert Bell
Of all the unlikely yet enduring success stories in pop music, Alison Krauss has to rank up near the top. An angel-voiced child prodigy fiddler who found major success in the early '90s playing pop-inflected bluegrass? Who went on to figure prominently on the massively popular "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack and its resulting tour and concert film? Who then went on to record a collaboration with Robert Plant that sold like a zillion copies to Starbucks customers around the world?
Huh. It's safe to say nobody saw that one coming. Hell, it's almost enough to make one not feel so cynical about the soullessness and prefab fakeness of most of the rest of the music industry.
This performance includes dobro maestro Jerry Douglas.