Friday, August 12, 2011

Alison Krauss & Union Station pack Booth Amphitheatre; Dawes adds a little rock

All photos by Kevin Norris
Fans turned up in droves at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre Thursday night to welcome back the venerable country bluegrass band Alison Krauss and Union Station.

The band took the stage and launched into a few songs from their latest album Paper Airplane, starting with the title track. The band sprinkled five new songs into the 28-song set, but they were some of the highlights, including "Sinking Stone" and "Miles to Go."

The hits were scattered throughout the set and sounded as good as ever including "Let Me Touch You For a While," "Baby, Now That I've Found You," "Every Time We Say Goodbye" and "Stay."

Dan Tyminksi was featured prominently throughout the evening, taking lead on at least five songs including his signature tune "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

Krauss noted between songs that she made a trip out to Chapel Hill earlier in the day to dine at Mama Dip's restaurant and bring a pecan pie back to the band, adding that she reads her cookbooks relax at night. She sounded giddy as she shared that she got to meet Mildred Council herself, saying it was like meeting the Elvis of cooking.

After closing the main part of the set with the groovy "Oh, Atlanta," the band gathered to wave at the crowd as techs set up a single microphone in the middle of the stage. They arranged themselves around the mic for abridged versions of "When You Say Nothing at All," "Whiskey Lullably," "Down to the River to Pray" and "Your Long Journey."

The band closed the two-hour show with a fantastic performance of "There is a Reason." Union Station is still a band at the top of its game, likely to keep on making music for many years to come.

In a somewhat odd but fantastic pairing, California rockers Dawes opened the show. Their set was incredibly brief, only five songs, but they killed it for the already packed house. The mellow "Love is All I Am" and "A Little Bit of Everything" sounded sweet in the warm August air.

Dawes closed with the rocker "When My Time Comes," as Taylor Goldsmith belted out the soulful sounds. Some of the crowd seemed a little taken aback by a rock band opening for a bluegrass band, but they certainly won over some new fans.

Dawes will return to the Triangle to play the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro on October 22.

Alison Krauss & Union Station set list
Paper Airplane
Dustbowl Children
Sinking Stone
Ghost in This House
Baby, Now That I've Found You
Rain Please Go Away
Sawing on the Strings
Wild Bill Jones
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Route Irish / Spain / (?) / (?)
Pastures of Plenty
The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn
Dimming of the Day
Faraway Land
Bonita and Bill Butler
Miles to Go
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
Any Old Time
Oh, Atlanta
When You Say Nothing at All
Whiskey Lullaby
Down to the River to Pray
Your Long Journey
There is a Reason

Alison Krauss & Union Station


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just saw her and band in Omaha the other night at the beautiful Orpheum. She is such a treasure.