Alison Krauss, at the age of 32, has achieved more career milestones than most people do in their lifetime. Her first album was released when she was 16. She has released nine studio albums with her long time band of highly acclaimed musicians, Union Station, all on Rounder Records. Their most recent release is a two-disc live set, accompanied by a two-disc DVD, all released on her original label, Rounder Records. To date, she has earned 17 Grammy Awards and multiple Country Music Association Awards, International Bluegrass Music Awards and countless others. Her album releases have been critical and commercial successes, with multiple RIAA platinum and gold certified records.
Barry Bales, bass player and harmony vocalist for Alison Krauss & Union Station, grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. His love of bluegrass and "real" country music came from his dad, who plays guitar and mandolin. It was also his father who inspired him to start learning guitar at the age of 10. By 15, Barry had settled on the bass as his instrument of choice, and had begun playing with various local and regional bands.
For the past ten years, Ron Block has been the spiritual touchstone of Alison Krauss + Union Station, contributing not only sterling musicianship on banjo and guitar, but also a catalogue of beautiful songs that deal mostly with issue of religious faith and devotion. Before joining Union Station, Ron was a member of the Lynn Morris Band (1991) and Weary Hearts (1985 - 1989).
Jerry Douglas could have been a musical innovator on any number of instruments. But as a teenager Douglas adopted the relatively obscure and unexplored Dobro, and that decision has helped him carve out a unique place in American music. By discovering the capabilities of this expressive instrument during a period of intense creativity in acoustic music generally, Douglas has wielded incalculable influence on bluegrass and its many related genres.
Dan Tyminski, acoustic guitar, lead and harmony vocalist for Union Station is one of the most dynamic and talented performers to appear on the bluegrass scene in years. His outstanding vocal abilities and hard driving instrumental style have earned him a loyal following. Before becoming a member of Union Station in 1994, Dan played mandolin and sang with the Lonesome River Band.
--- from the official Alison Krauss & Union Station website