Krauss, Alison (Maria )
- David B. Pruett
(b Decatur, IL, July 23, 1971). American country and bluegrass recording artist. The most celebrated woman in bluegrass music during the 1990s, Alison Krauss was named Female Vocalist of the Year four times by the International Bluegrass Music Association (1990–91, 1993, and 1995) and once by the Country Music Association (CMA) (1995). Krauss’s stylistic combination of mainstream country and bluegrass, her career 26 Grammy awards—more than any other woman—and considerable solo album sales in excess of 6.5 million units distinguish her, albeit with some controversy, among traditional bluegrass artists. While growing up in Champaign, Illinois, Krauss was exposed to a wide variety of music, learning classical violin from the age of five before settling on country and bluegrass. By age eight, she was competing in local talent shows. In 1983, Krauss won the Illinois State Fiddle Championship, and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass in American honored her with the title of Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest. In ...