featuring Jerry Douglas

By Barry Gilbert
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

July 19, 2007

8 p.m. July 25 at Scottrade Center,1401 Clark Avenue. $36.50 and $46. 314-241-1888, 314-421-4400 or 618-222-2900.

With Alison Krauss and Union Station, you don't get just one recording artist - you get a whole band full. But the focus will be on the crystalline voice and fiddle of Krauss when she rolls into the not-so-intimate confines of the Concert Club at Scottrade Center. The singer, who has pushed the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic folk music, is on a 40-city trek supporting her new CD, "A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection," which rounds up 11 of her outside-the-band efforts plus five new songs. The CD boasts the superfamiliar, such as "Down to the River to Pray" from the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," as well as duets with artists including James Taylor, the Chieftains and John Waite. But wait, there's more: With Union Station, you also get performers including Jerry Douglas, a world-class dobro master; Dan Tyminski, George Clooney's singing voice in "O Brother"; and Ron Block, who has contributed guitar, banjo and nearly a dozen songs to the band, and has his own new CD, "DoorWay." It's hard to beat that kind of bang for your musical buck.