A Very Special Performance by Tony Rice and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas

An Evening of Material from Tony's 35 Year Career

In spring of 2007, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will be joined by acoustic music's most influential modern master - Tony Rice for a limited number of dates in which they will exclusively perform music drawn from Rice's remarkable recorded legacy. "It's hard to find words to say what an influence Tony Rice has been on people of our generation who grew up in bluegrass," says Union Station bassist Barry Bales.

In a career that has now spanned over three decades, Rice has used bluegrass as the foundation for a series of acoustic explorations that have ranged from sophisticated jazz-informed instrumentals to haunting, heartbreaking song-based work. Alison Krauss and Union Station have long professed the great musical debt they owe to Rice, citing the profound impact albums such as Cold on the Shoulder, Native American, Manzanita, and Me and My Guitar have had on their concept of acoustic music and their individual development as musicians.

This special series of engagements gives Union Station an opportunity to bring a wide-ranging selection of Tony Rice's music to a new audience and to perform it with their unmatched blend of passion and precision. Drawing from both Rice's vocal and instrumental catalog, the performances will feature Rice's still evolving and dazzling guitar work augmented by the vocals and fiddle of Krauss; Dan Tyminski on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Ron Block on guitar, banjo, and vocals; the supple bass of Barry Bales; longtime Rice associate Jerry Douglas on Dobro; and drummer Larry Atamanuik. As Bales remarked on the eve of the tour's first rehearsals, "The hardest thing is not picking which songs to do – it's deciding which songs not to do…"

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