LOOK AT THESE ADORABLE FUCKERS
she’s like “you guys please stop handing me things with my name on them”
and he’s like “ALI WE’RE JUST SO PROUD OF YOU OK
I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PROUD WE ARE
ALL OF US
but especially me”
I’m sorry, I know most of you have seen this already, but I just needed to have it on FYAK. I can’t stop laughing at the look on Alison’s face.
No one has ever been more completely and utterly done with something than Alison Krauss is with getting awards.
Here’s the video in question.
James was just joking. Like it says in the video description, he’d just finished calling Alison “the greatest singer there is,” and in typical Alison fashion, she didn’t like that, so he was trying to lower the stakes by telling the audience she was recovering from a surgery.
Santa may be able to deny Alison’s Christmas greetings, but Walmart and Starbucks makes sure no one else can.
So I had a total freak out moment when I was at work and Shimmy down the chimney comes on. The super fine people at corporate decided to add it to the mixed Christmas cd. I’ve never been so proud to work for Walmart!!!! I was rockin a total Alison way of geek dancing too, that’s right I’m awesome
WHY DO CORPORATE ESTABLISHMENTS KEEP USING THAT SONG
I wonder if Alison gets a royalty check from that song every year around Christmastime and just laughs maniacally.
Alison Krauss sang “Ghost in this House,” which I had never heard before. It was a very moving song, and I really liked it. I was sorry though that she didn’t sing “When You Say Nothing at All" which is my favorite song of hers. And I’m not sure why she was wearing a black trench coat on stage: she looked like she had stepped out of The Matrix.
…That would actually be awesome though. How could you not think Alison Krauss looking like she stepped out of The Matrix was awesome?! ESPECIALLY IF SHE WAS WEARING THE BLACK LEATHER SEX BOOTS TOO, OMG.
Thanks to Steph for the submission!
…or lack thereof.
All the American Voices master class videos have been posted on the Kennedy Center website except for Alison’s.
It looks suspiciously like Alison might’ve prevented them from posting it, as she’s been known in the past to get twitchy about this kind of stuff.
But I don’t want to pin something on her without knowing for sure. So in the interest of fairness, I’d like to try to get an answer from the Kennedy Center about why her video’s not up when all the rest are. If we all go leave a comment on this Facebook post over the weekend, maybe the Center’s media team will feel compelled to give us an answer on Monday.
You can also send a message to the Kennedy Center’s official Tumblr.
Dobro great Jerry Douglas was all over the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention (IBMA WOB), which took place in Raleigh, NC, in September. The influential and award-winning musician performed twice during the IBMA Awards Show, made an appearance at the Beard Custom Dobro booth at the bluegrass business expo and was a part of an all-star band that headlined Raleigh’s sold out Red Hat Amphitheater.
Oh, Jerry, you wondrous wondrous man. He does some pretty-talk about the IBMA conference being in Raleigh, North Carolina, and made me okay with it not being in Nashville.
But this part:
As the music world now knows, Rice’s Hall of Fame induction speech was poignant and dramatic. The great guitarist had lost his singing voice almost 20 years earlier, yet as he spoke, Rice seemingly willed his original voice back for a few minutes, which stunned the crowd. Douglas, who was behind the curtain with instrument in hand, took in the moment from a few feet away.
“It was one of the most dramatic things that I have ever seen or heard,” says Douglas. “I mean, I was behind the curtain while it was happening, but I watched the Youtube video of it.”
It was the moST BEAUTIFUL THING AND WE WILL NEVER STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.
AND THEN THIS WHOLE SECTION:
News of Krauss’ vocal problems spread fast. One week later, Douglas is performing at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco with his excellent solo band… While it seems as if Krauss is making a statement about her voice, Douglas says her guest shot had been in the works for a while. Still, the implications of her appearance were not lost on anyone.
“We had planned on her being at Hardly Strictly a month before that,” says Douglas. “But, she did it. She worked on it and she really wanted to do it. As soon as she found out what her problem was, she went straight into therapy that dayand started working on it, and worked hard on it. She continues every day to work on it with acupuncture, with throat specialists, with therapists. She doesn’t want to lose her voice, so she is doing everything she can to keep it. And, it’s fine. It’s coming back. But, she’s going to have some rough days where it’s not going to work exactly like she wants it to.”
You just keep doing that, Al. Whatever it takes. We’ll stop teasing you for not taking care of your voice now. He also goes on to explain how older singers can’t sing like they’re 25 anymore, so they have to learn how to take care of their voice by keeping their throats warm (and sort of explains why the Communal Black Polkadot Scarf is a thing).
I wonder if they ever fight over it like—
Alison: “Hey my throat is cold. Gimme the scarf.”
Jerry: “No my throat is cold. I need the scarf.”
Alison: “Okay, you go sing tonight. Just sing the whole damn set. No dobro, either.”
Jerry: “Okay fine I will.”
And then Alison snatches it and runs away.
Despite Krauss’ voice problems, Douglas says that her appearance at Hardly Strictly festival was a joyous one.
DAMN RIGHT IT WAS.
“She knew that Tony had said something about it,” says Douglas. “I don’t think she was dwelling on it. And, ‘dysphonia’ is an umbrella term for a lot of ailments for your throat. It’s also a stress thing. If you are worrying about having it, you are creating your own stress. But she is hip to that. I have never seen her as loose and as animated and as uninhibited onstage as I did that day. She was dancing. She was throwing her arms around everywhere. She was moving all over the stage and it was amazing. It was hard for me to play. I was watching her. I had never seen her do that before. I’ve seen her do that on the bus, but I’ve never seen her do it in front of people on a stage.”
See! This is why it was such a big deal you guys! Jerry hadn’t ever seen her like that onstage and he has known her for over 20 years. When I try to explain the miraculous-ness of the HSB concert to people who don’t understand, I have to legit go back through twenty+ years of video concert footage to show them that she did not move but now she does. And it is only after viewing nearly three decades of fiddle-clutching that they go, “Wow - what changed?” and I go, “I DON’T KNOW IF SHE ATE A PLATTER OF SOME FOLK SINGER’S POT BROWNIES OR WHAT BUT WHATEVER IT IS IT’S GREAT.”
So basically it’s just nice to know that even Jerry wasn’t expecting that, and like us, he was struck and didn’t know what to do with his hands.
Read further to hear about the thousand other things going on in our Savior’s world, including His tours, His albums, Transatlantic Sessions, and then the Almighty Douglas will make you cry about Mike Auldridge, a dobro great who passed away recently. And just as an aside - this is why we will never regret going to a live concert. It’s not just AKUS concerts we’re addicted to. You gotta take that stuff in while you can, folks.
I can’t tell is this is an actual member of AKUS having a fit of thankfulness (do they even have access to their official Facebook account? actually it’s Alison’s official account, though, so idk she might get mad if the guys posted on there), or a really bored Music City Networks employee pretending to have “important work to do on the internet” in order to get away from annoying family members.
Either way, happy almost-over Thanksgiving to you too, AKUS and/or random MCN employee. (If the latter, I won’t hold my grudge against your company against you, too. At least you’re doin’ something.)
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Marvin Lee talks about meeting Alison at 10 years old and giving her her first big chance to perform onstage.
I love when people mention how baby!Alison didn’t even think she could sing. Bless.
A few more pics from the Connect+Cure benefit earlier this month!
That first one nearly killed me. Jesus.