Next week, American roots-music treasure Alison Krauss will release her new album Windy City, her first entirely solo affair (without her longtime backing band Union Station) since 1999. The new album is a collection of covers, featuring Krauss taking on a series of ancestral country-music classics from the likes of Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, and Ray Charles. And Krauss is one of the few singers who can approach the stately dignity and erudite heartbreak of those old records. The best songs on the album are the ballads, and there are a lot of ballads here. We’ve already posted Krauss’ versions of Brenda Lee’s “Losing You,” the Osbourne Brothers’ “Windy City,” and Roger Miller’s “River In The Rain.” And right now, you can stream the whole album below, via NPR.
Windy City is out 2/17 on Capitol.