21 CITY TOUR KICKS OFF SEPT. 18 IN HERSHEY, PA & INCLUDES SHOWS IN NEW YORK CITY (RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, SEPT. 19), NASHVILLE (RYMAN, OCT. 1-2) & LOS ANGELES (GREEK THEATRE, OCT. 17) BEFORE ENDING IN BERKELEY, CA ON OCT. 19 Multi-Platinum artists Alison Krauss & David Gray will be touring together throughout the United States this fall. The 21 city, co-headlining tour kicks off on September 18 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and finishes up in Berkeley, California on October 19, including concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City (September 19), the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (October 17), and two nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (October 1-2). Ticketing information can be found at www.alisonkrauss.com and www.davidgray.com. ALISON KRAUSS Alison Krauss effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and genres such as pop, rock, country and classical. She has released 14 albums and has sold more than 12 million records to date. With 27 wins, she is the most awarded female artist in GRAMMY history. Krauss recently released the critically acclaimed record Windy City, a collection of 10 classic country songs carefully selected with producer Buddy Cannon. Windy City debuted at #1 on the Country and Bluegrass Billboard charts. She has received a multitude of other honors throughout her career, including nine Country Music Association awards and 14 International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Alison has also contributed songs to numerous films, including O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain. Her 2007 platinum album Raising Sand with Robert Plant won six GRAMMY Awards including Album of the year, and was followed by 2011’s chart-topping, Paper Airplane with her longtime collaborators Union Station. DAVID GRAY David Gray has established himself as one of the UK’s leading artists both at home and overseas with a 25-year career marked by critical praise, numerous accolades and multi-platinum sales over the course of 10 album releases. The GRAMMY-nominated artist is known for his dynamic live shows and the energy behind his concerts exemplifies his deep and heartfelt music. David Gray’s latest studio album Mutineers, found the singer-songwriter steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a respectful relationship with his own history. The release was hailed by The Guardian, who declared that there is “a rare comfort in hearing an artist in pursuit of joy.” In 2016, David released a greatest hits collection entitled The Best of that included a re-recorded 25th Anniversary version of “Shine” and new tracks “Smoke Without Fire” and “Enter Lightly.” David promoted the album with a multi-city North American tour and a performance of his international hit “Babylon” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. David is currently in the studio recording a new album which is set for release in 2018. Tour Dates: September 18 – Hershey Theatre – Hershey, PA September 19 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY September 20 – The Mann Center for the Performing Arts – Philadelphia, PA September 22 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA September 23 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD September 24 – Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre – Cary, NC September 28 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL September 29 – Continue reading
Americana Music Association Kicks Off Meet and Greets with Alison Krauss! Alison Krauss and Union Station have signed up over the next few weeks to offer several performances to help support an auction organized by the Americana Music Association! The auction will be offering tickets and meet and greets with some of the most significant Americana artists, and Alison Krauss is the first to confirm involvement. The Americana Music Association was organized with the goal of promoting awareness, advocating the Americana genre and creating a forum, and they organize events throughout the year including the Americana Music Festival and Conference (this year September 12-15, Nashville). Auction winners will receive two reserved tickets for sold out shows in addition to passes to meet the artist. So, Americana fans, get your bidding britches on! Find complete auction dates below! Americana Music Association, Auction Dates and Locations. March 30: Taft Theatre, Cincinnati – 8PM March 31: State Theatre at Playhouse Square, Cleveland – 8PM April 14: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD 8 PM April 22: Wellmonth Theatre, Montclair, NJ 8PM
Alison Krauss and Union Station Release New Music Video for “Paper Airplane”. Alison Krauss and Union Station release the music video for the first single and title-track of their first studio release since 2004, “Paper Airplane“. This is an absolutely gorgeous song with a well crafted video to match! You can check out the video now by clicking here.
CMT reports that gas prices are causing some artists to book alternative transportation while others are simply drowning in expenses. Imagine if you will, that your gas tank holds up to 25 gallons of that liquid gold. At today’s prices, that’s almost $1200 per fill-up. Not to mention that the lumbering beast of a tour bus only gets 6-7 miles to a gallon. At that price it’s no wonder the music industry is all abuzz about how to recuperate rising fuel costs, and some artists are canceling tour dates alltogether! “It’s killing the smaller bands out there,” says Keith Case, whose Keith Case & Associates books such acts as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ralph Stanley and the Dan Tyminski Band. So far festival and concert ticket prices haven’t risen much to make up for the additional fuel costs, primarily because the ticket rates are set many months in advance and do not take increasing travel expenses into account. So while fans are able to afford the tickets, they’re having to spend more on gas just to get to the shows, which takes a direct hit out of merchandise and concession stand revenues. “That’s a big deal for a lot of midrange bands,” Case says, “and they’re finding that [those sales are] dramatically down. What it feels like to them — at least what they’re reporting to me — is that people are spending so much to go to festivals, as far as fuel costs go, that they are not spending as much at the festivals.” And for those smaller bands, merchandise sales are where the money’s at, so artists are struggling to keeps up with the cost of touring, and choosing instead to stick with local festivals or combining transportation with other bands. Meanwhile sources say that overall festival and concert attendance has only seen a mild impact. Attendance was actually up at Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kan., he noted. Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift headlined that extravaganza. “The organizers of this event tell me that the people they’ve talked to [made the festival] their vacation of the year,” Cunningham said. To find which of your favorite country artists will be playing near you, please visit our sister site, Country Music on Tour.Country Music Photo Gallery