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Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss & Union Station-4/4/12

                  Savannah, GA is known as the most haunted city in America. If you've ever been to Savannah, then you know it's also one of the most beautiful cities in America. These two characteristics, beautiful and haunting, also seem to sum up Alison Krauss & Union Station's music perfectly. Tonight's show was at the Savannah Civic Center in the heart of the historic district in Savannah..

               The show started with the album opener and title track of their latest album, Paper Airplane and was followed by Dust By Children sang by guitarist Dan Tyminski.. After an instrumental piece that showcased the band's chops, the band seamlessly merged an old classic, Daylight, with a new classic, Sinking Stone. Then it was time to lighten the mood a bit with Let Me Touch You For A While, before making us all cry again with the heartbreaking, Ghost In This House.

            The show continued through these emotional peeks, as Alison and the band seamlessly pulled off a full range of emotions. At one point during the show Alison joked that many people ask "Why are all of your songs so sad.", too which she replies...oh... it's just because we ARE sad people". This couldn't be further from the truth, as the band is all smiles and joking in between songs.

            The Middle part of the show was time for the rest of the band to shine. First she introduced a song written by guitarist/banjo player Ron Block, there were more songs sang by Dan Tyminski, including the huge hit Man Of Constant Sorrow from the O' Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack (Tyminski was the voice of George Clooney in the movie). Then the legendary,   Jerry Douglas, known as the best dobro player in the world, was left alone on the stage to showcase his skills.

            Alison wasn't even on the stage for five songs during this part of the show, proving that this band is definitely about much more than her voice. She returned for another tearjerker, Dimming of the Day and the set ended with a rousing rendition of Oh Atlanta. This was definitely the most upbeat part of the night. The band received a standing ovation and took their bows but never left the stage.

          A single mic was placed in the middle of the stage and Alison stepped up and hushed the crowd with a gorgeous rendition of When You Say Nothing At All. Next She was joined by bassist Barry Bales to sing a snippet of her duo with Brad Paisley, Whiskey Lullaby. The show closed with 3 very touching spiritual numbers, Down To The River To Pray, Your Long Journey and There Is A Reason. If anyone made it through that section without tears I question their humanity. Such a beautiful evening of music, in a beautiful city.