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jillian and steven go to the ballpark, 2007 edition

alison krauss and union station

Tonight we finally saw Alison Krauss in concert. I say "finally" because I've been talking about seeing her for years without actually getting to a show, so it's good to get it out of the way at last.

Krauss has had an impressive career ... a fiddle-playing prodigy, she appeared on records when she was 14, and cut her first solo album when she was 16. She has won more Grammy awards than any other female artist in history, passing Aretha awhile back. And she's only in her mid-30s.

Oh, and she has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard.

The concert was pretty much as I expected, so I wouldn't say I was disappointed. She has appeared on various television series enough times, even releasing her own live DVD, that I had a good sense of what her show would be like. Truth be told, since the band doesn't bother much with stage goofiness beyond Krauss having the occasional amusing conversation with a band member, you're just as well off listening to the records, or watching on TV in HD and surround sound. I'm not making a case for staying home, nor am I saying the concert was bad. But there were no transcendent moments, not even when she sang my favorite, "When You Say Nothing At All." So I'm glad I finally saw her, and I recommend her work to anyone who likes a pretty voice and a good fiddle, but that's about as far as I'd go.