After her spectacular, multiple Grammy-winning collaboration with Robert Plant on Raising Sand, bluegrass thrush Alison Krauss mustered up her old band of all-star pickers and soared to even dizzier heights on this spring's Paper Airplane. Their first recording together in seven years, Airplane again combines Krauss's unique soprano, which manages to be airily ethereal while unveiling poignant layers of deep emotion, with Union Station's stirring, assured ensemble work, led by Dan Tyminski's guitar, Jerry Douglas's dobro, and Krauss's fiddle. A sense of exquisite melancholy permeates Airplane, heartache and hard times addressed with sadness but also a certain indomitable spirit, expressed via the resilient music if nowhere else. The fine tune collection includes Robert Lee Castleman's title track, Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day," Jackson Browne's "My Opening Farewell," and Peter Rowan's "Dust Bowl Children," the last distinguished by Tyminksi's searing lead vocal.
Tue., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., 2011