Nashville, TN -- /Opry.com/ The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® honored Alison Krauss on her 20th anniversary as an Opry member July 3rd at the Wednesday Night Opry with performances by Alison Krauss and Union Station, bluegrass great Larry Sparks, multi-award-winner Jamey Johnson, and more. Krauss was inducted as an Opry member on July 3, 1993. When Krauss joined the Opry at 21, she brought with her the hot pickers of Union Station. Krauss became the first bluegrass artist in 29 years to be inducted and the youngest cast member at the time.
Following performances by Krauss and Union Station and collaborations with Johnson and Sparks, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher honored the 20-year member with a commemorative print and words about her career.
“Alison truly is the artist’s artist,” Fisher said. “She is looked up to by some of the finest performers in the music industry as truly the best.... For those of us who are destined to go to heaven, you give us a sneak peek of what an angel sounds like.”
“A fallen angel!” Krauss quipped before recognizing the members of Union Station. “We all feel so lucky to get to do this together,” she said. “And I feel the luckiest of all to get to play with these guys.”
Krauss’s celebration was part of the Opry’s All-American All-Star Week, which continues with shows Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. Among those scheduled to round out the week are Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Lennon and Maisy from ABC’s Nashville, Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, and more.
One of the finest bluegrass virtuosos in the world, Krauss’ reputation as a renowned musician and singer was cemented in her early teens. She effortlessly bridges the gap between traditional music and country, rock and pop. An award-winning producer and a highly sought-after collaborator, Krauss has worked with some of the biggest names in popular music and she has garnered 27 GRAMMY Awards in her career, unsurpassed by any other female artist.
Krauss's work on films such as Cold Mountain and O Brother Where Art Thou has contributed immeasurably to the renaissance of American roots music. Her most recent album is Paper Airplane, which was recorded in partnership with her longstanding band Union Station. The album debuted #1 on the Billboard Country, Bluegrass and Folk Album Charts upon its release in 2011.
Alison Krauss learned violin at age 5, started fiddling at 8, and was winning contests with her bow a few years later. Now, the multi-talented Krauss has sold more than 7 million records, making deep inroads in the pop culture world for the American string music she plays and sings so well.