Sitting in the front row of the balcony at The Beacon on Tuesday night, L and I were witness to a wonderful concert by Alison Krauss and Union Station. A great mix of songs, from her angelic numbers -- both old and new -- to follow-the-leader instrumental breakdowns. The setlist also included some Oh Brother highlights as well as Dan Tyminski-led stories, featuring his wonderful voice (L was so happy when she heard Jerry's opening notes to The Boy Who Wouldn't Sow Corn). There was even a mini solo set from Jerry Douglas, his dobro filling that beautiful space. From our seats, the instruments were quite clear (although the vocals needed a few songs to get up to speed).
The encore featured a few numbers of Alison and various combinations of Union Station all gathered around one mic -- a nice treat, harkening back to the roots of bluegrass with unamplified instruments and voices singing as a collective.
Angelic voices . . .
Edit: The New York Times review of the show.