"Somebody said to me recently, 'I expected you to be in a prairie dress, walking around your home…'" says Krauss, affecting the voice of the quintessential downtrodden Southern wife "bein' loooonely." She lets loose a loud, decidedly unself-conscious whoop. People've got many layers—you think you know folks!"That fan could be forgiven for assuming the real Krauss to inhabit the same character she embodies so fully on her many records—the lonesome, pensive Tennessee woman with the lithe, preternaturally fragile voice and a timeless air of mystery that pervades the folk and bluegrass songs she and her band, Union Station, perform.
Praised for the raw, vibrant production as well as the seemingly oil-and-water blend of Krauss's delicate, angelic delivery and Plant's rough-hewn vocals, had already earned Grammy gold in 2008 with the chugging "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)," which earned a Best Pop Vocal Collaboration with Vocals Grammy a full year ahead of the album's other honors.
On the night they won Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, Record of the Year (for ), Best Country Collaboration With Vocals ("Killing the Blues") and Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("Rich Woman"), Plant and Krauss performed a medley of the latter song mixed with the previous year's winner.
Where "Rich Woman" (a 1955 release for L'il Millet and the Creoles and later cut by Canned Heat) was dark and ethereal, by contrast the pair's "Gone Gone Gone," was brighter and moved at a quicker pace, featuring Burnett on rockabilly guitar during the live Grammy performance, and certainly matching the energy of the Everly Brothers' original.
Alison Krauss is used to experiencing the occasional case of mistaken identity—the fact that, based on her songs, people often assume she's someone she's not.
She has 26 Grammies—the all-time high for a woman—yet is likely best known, if at all, for her contributions (along with bandmate Dan Tyminski) to the multi-platinum, chock-full-o-bluegrass soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' O Brother Where Art Thou.
It's still possible, even in the most cultured of metropolises, to mention her name among music nerds and draw a blank stare.Today Krauss insists she's more Nashville mom than Nashville star.Prior to 2008, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant had just one Grammy to his name, sharing the 1998 trophy for Best Hard Rock Performance with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for a track from their collaborative LP .When the 51st Grammy Awards were over on February 8th, 2009, Plant had a total of seven, thanks to a much more unexpected collaboration with fiddle player and vocalist Alison Krauss, whose own Grammy haul was much more extensive. At the time, she was 19 and the second youngest winner ever.Today, Krauss's award tally ties her with producer-musician Quincy Jones and is just five away from the all-time Grammy champ, conductor Sir Georg Solti.Musician T Bone Burnett produced the eclectic Plant-Krauss LP , which was released to rave reviews in October 2007.