In her first studio date in three years, multi-Grammy Award honoree Alison Krauss stays true to her bluegrass roots as well as her commitment to sharing the spotlight with her superb picking and twang

In her first studio date in three years, multi-Grammy Award honoree Alison Krauss stays true to her bluegrass roots as well as her commitment to sharing the spotlight with her superb picking and twanging band. On the winning "Lonely Runs Both Ways," Krauss and company weigh in on tunes written by their favorite songsmiths, including Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. But the best are those by Robert Lee Castleman, who contributes four numbers to the collection, including "Restless." Originals include dobro player Jerry Douglas' instrumental "Unionhouse Branch," banjoist/guitarist Ron Block's ballad "A Living Prayer" and Krauss' collaboration with Alison Brown, "This Sad Song." On the 10 songs where Krauss sings lead, she delivers radiant and alluring vocals in down-home fashion.—DO

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