Lonely Runs Both Ways

Lonely Runs Both Ways

by Alison KraussAlison Krauss


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In the realm of exploring what the heart yearns for, Alison Krauss and Union Station have few peers, and Lonely Runs Both Ways, in both title and content, emphasizes that fact most profoundly. This time out Krauss turns to one of her favorite songwriters, Robert Lee Castleman, for four songs of typically penetrating insight into romantic and spiritual longing, including the somber, searching "Gravity" and the slow-boiling, dobro-rich "Restless." Castleman's "Doesn't Have to Be This Way," all moaning dobro and keening, heartbroken singing, is one of the most moving explications of utter loneliness and desperation Krauss has ever committed to disc. Dan Tyminski takes the lead on Del McCoury's soaring bluegrass toe-tapper "Rain Please Go Away," Tyminski's appealing mountain vocal (certainly familiar to fans of O Brother) supported by Krauss's vibrant fiddle solo. Tyminski shines again on a spare, evocative version of Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty," and Union Station's secret weapon, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Ron Block, jumps in for a stirring vocal on the terse, driving "I Don't Have to Live This Way"; Block also penned the album closer, "A Living Prayer," a quiet, gospel meditation for finger-picked acoustic guitar and Krauss's soulful whisper of a vocal. If it seems like Alison Krauss and Union Station can do no wrong, well, it's not an illusion. They're in a powerful groove right now, and the competition seems forever to be in catch-up mode. Instrumentally and vocally, for technical virtuosity and deeply felt emotional commitment, this band is simply incomparable.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661052529
catalogNumber: 610525
Rank: 7526

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Krauss   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Viola,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Barry Bales   Bass,Bass (Vocal),Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Block   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Alison Brown   Composer
Jerry Douglas   Composer
Alison Krauss   Composer
Del McCoury   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Ron Block   Composer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Sidney Cox   Composer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Gillian Welch   Composer
Alison Krauss & Union Station   Producer,Audio Production
David Rawlings   Composer
Robert Lee Castleman   Composer
Sarah Siskind   Composer
Donna Hughes   Composer
Mindy Smith   Composer
Melanie Castleman   Composer

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